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Title:The Invention of Air
Format Type:Ebook
Author:Steven Johnson
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Number of Pages:254
Category:Science, History, Non fiction, Biography, Religion, Politics, American history

The Invention of Air by Steven Johnson

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Invention of Air em The Invention of Air em is a story of sweeping historical transformation of genius and friendship violence and world changing ideas that boldly recasts our understanding of the most significant events in our history .

It centers on the story of Joseph Priestley scientist and minister prot g of Benjamin Franklin friend of Thomas Jefferson an eighteenth century radical thinker who played key roles in the invention of ecosystem science the discovery of oxygen the founding of the Unitarian church and the intellectual development of the United States Priestley represented a unique synthesis by the s he had established himself as one of the world s most celebrated scientists most prominent religious figures and most outspoken political thinkers Yet he would also have become one of the most hated men in all of his native England When an angry mob burned down his house in Birmingham Priestley and his family set sail for Pennsylvania .

In the nascent United States Priestley hoped to find the freedom to bridge the disciplines that had governed his life to find a quiet lab and a receptive pulpit Once he arrived as a result of his close relationships with the Founding Fathers Jefferson credited Priestley as the man who prevented him from abandoning Christianity Priestley found himself at the center of what would go down as one of the seminal debates in American history And as Johnson brilliant charts Priestley exerted profound if little known influence on the shape and course of this great experiment in nation building .

As in his most recent bestselling work em The Ghost Map em Steven Johnson here uses a dramatic historical story to explore themes that have long engaged him innovation and the way new ideas emerge and spread and the environments that foster these breakthroughs As he did in em Everything Bad is Good for You em he upsets some fundamental assumptions about the world we live in namely what it means when we invoke the Founding Fathers and replaces them with a clear eyed eloquent assessment of where we stand today

Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World, Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation, Interface Culture: How New Technology Transforms the Way We Create and Communicate, Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age, The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic - and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World, Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software, The Invention of Air, How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World, Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life, Everything Bad is Good for You