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Gay-Lussac
Scientist and Bourgeois

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  • Date Published: March 2011
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  • isbn: 9780511865602

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  • Gay-Lussac is best known for his chemical work but also made important contributions to other physical sciences and technology. This is the first work to examine critically both the scientific work and the man behind it. Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac (1778–1850) lived through three revolutions in France and his life reflected the social transformations taking place around him. His education and early progress in science depended on the Revolution of 1789 and on the patronage of the chemist Berthollet, a close associate of Napoleon Bonaparte. Gay-Lussac may be seen as the first 'professional' scientist and indeed, throughout the book, Professor Crosland emphasises that he knew how to use his science to solve practical problems and was able to profit considerably from this application.

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    'This exact and handsome reprint of a book published in 1978 [] is now available through Cambridge's 'print on demand' system … makes a good read … This meaty book passes the test of time.' Notes and Records of the Royal Society

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    • Date Published: March 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511865602
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Chronological table
    List of abbreviations
    1. A young provincial in Paris
    2. The apprentice of Arcueil
    3. Personal influences and the search for laws
    4. Collaboration and rivalry
    5. The volumetric approach
    6. Scientific research
    7. Professor, academician and editor
    8. A scientist in the service of government and industry
    9. A new technique and the dissemination of technical information
    10. Scientist and bourgeois in the political arena
    11. The legacy
    Appendix
    Notes
    Select bibliography
    Name index
    Subject index.

  • Author

    Maurice P. Crosland

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