From Phlogiston To Oxygen


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John Cartwright
Published 2000 | The Association for Science Education | 52pages

This book uses a classic story as a fascinating case study to demonstrate the interplay of theoretical ideas and experimental evidence in the establishment of scientific knowledge.


This book shows how a scientific theory arose from the work of European chemists such as Priestley, Lavoisier and Cavendish over the years 1750 to 1800.

The book charts the progress of chemical ideas against a social and intellectual background that was itself being radically transformed by economic and political movements, such as the Industrial and French Revolutions.

The book is aimed at teachers and sixth formers who wish to explore some of the wider social and philosophical dimensions of science.