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The Invention of Air: A Story of Science, Faith, Revolution, and the Birth of America
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Riverhead Books
Publication date September 29, 2009
Pages 276
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781594484018
ISBN-10 1594484015
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.75 by 8.75 in.
Weight 0.60 lbs.
Original list price $16.00
Other format details sci/tech
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: From the bestselling author of How We Got To Now, The Ghost Map and Farsighted, a new national bestseller: the “exhilarating”( Los Angeles Times) story of Joseph Priestley, “a founding father long forgotten”(Newsweek) and a brilliant man who embodied the relationship between science, religion, and politics for America's Founding Fathers.

In The Invention of Air, national bestselling author Steven Johnson tells the fascinating story of Joseph Priestley—scientist and theologian, protégé of Benjamin Franklin, friend of Thomas Jefferson—an eighteenth-century radical thinker who played pivotal roles in the invention of ecosystem science, the discovery of oxygen, the uses of oxygen, scientific experimentation, the founding of the Unitarian Church, and the intellectual development of the United States. As he did so masterfully in The Ghost Map, Steven Johnson uses a dramatic historical story to explore themes that have long engaged him: innovative strategies, intellectual models, and the way new ideas emerge and spread, and the environments that foster these breakthroughs.

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Hardcover
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from Riverhead Books (December 26, 2008)
9781594488528 | details & prices | 254 pages | 6.50 × 9.25 × 1.00 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $25.95
About: Bestselling author Steven Johnson recounts—in dazzling, multidisciplinary fashion—the story of the brilliant man who embodied the relationship between science, religion, and politics for America’s Founding Fathers.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Riverhead Books (September 29, 2009)
9781594484018 | details & prices | 276 pages | 5.75 × 8.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $16.00
About: From the bestselling author of How We Got To Now, The Ghost Map and Farsighted, a new national bestseller: the “exhilarating”( Los Angeles Times) story of Joseph Priestley, “a founding father long forgotten”(Newsweek) and a brilliant man who embodied the relationship between science, religion, and politics for America's Founding Fathers.
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9780143143703
 
With Mark Deakins (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Penguin/Highbridge (December 26, 2008)
9780143143703 | details & prices | 5.25 × 5.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.34 lbs | List price $29.95

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