Where can I find out more about Antoine Lavoisier's experimental philosophy?
- How did Antoine Lavoisier use the scientific method in his research in experiments?
Lavoisier made many
seminal contributions to experimental science (not just to chemistry), and your question can't be answered adequately in this space.
Like John Dalton (another 'father of modern chemistry') Lavoisier's greatest strength was his ability to find connections
between experimental studies done by others. He's best remembered for his use of quantitative measurements to show that mass
is conserved in chemical reactions, his lucid explanation of fire as a reaction between fuel and air (combustion was
previously believed to involve a mysterious invisible fluid called 'phlogiston'), and his pioneering
investigations of respiration and fermentation.
You'll have no trouble finding detailed analyses of Lavoisier's experimental work and biographical information at your local library and on the Web.
Here is a partial list of references
to look for that will answer your question:
Some web sites to look at:
- Antoine Lavoisier - The Next Crucial Year : Or, the Sources of His Quantitative Methods in Chemistry
- Frederic Lawrence Holmes, Princeton U. Press, 1998. ISBN: 0691016879
- Antoine Lavoisier: Founder of Modern Chemistry (Great Minds of Science)
- Lisa Yount, Enslow Publishing, 1997.
- Antoine Lavoisier : Science, Administration, and Revolution (Cambridge Science Biographies)
- Arthur Donovan, Cambridge University Press, 1996. ISBN: 052156672X
- Lavoisier : Chemist, Biologist, Economist (Chemical Sciences in Society Series)
- Jean Pierre Poirier, Rebecca Balinski (Translator), University of Pennsylvania Press, 1997. ISBN: 0812233654
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