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I found this book to be very well written and informative.
Steven Johnson has written an engaging book about Joseph Priestley, a true Renaissance Man who contributed mightily to the Age of Enlightenment in the 18th Century.
One person says he makes too much of Priestley as a scientist, though in fact he describes those limitations quite well.
The preface explains the goal is to explain the key role of Priestly in the formation of America. In the fourteen year correspondence of Adams and Jefferson, Washington is... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Clay Garner
A true classic of science-writing. Simultaneously entertaining and informative.Published 14 days ago by Scott
Our book club read this at my suggestion and loved it. It's a story very few people know about a protege of Ben Franklin who actually did discover air (oxygen). Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sandra Morgan
Even high school science students will recall stories of Joseph Priestley and oxygen and Benjamin Franklin and kite flying but I doubt most readers know what renaissance men the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by rdr80
This was really very interesting - who knew Priestley not only discovered Oxygen but also was friends with both Franklin and Jefferson. Read morePublished 9 months ago by John Gloor
This was a quick read; it was entertaining and informative. I liked GHOST MAP better, but this was certainly worth reading.Published 10 months ago by KF
Well written and easy to read. Steven Johnson takes the reader on an exciting adventure of discovery. This book should be a part of every high-school curriculum.Published 10 months ago by Enrique Caliz
Informative and thoughtful insights into a fascinating period in history. Anyone interested in the US colonial period and/or history of science will appreciate this story.Published 13 months ago by F. Zollo
The story of Joseph Priestley and his contemporaries around the time of the American revolution. A well crafted blend of history, science, and politics. 2010Published 14 months ago by A&P