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Joseph Priestley, Scientist, Philosopher, and Theologian$
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Isabel Rivers and David L. Wykes

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199215300

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199215300.001.0001

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Joseph Priestley, Enlightened Experimentalist

Joseph Priestley, Enlightened Experimentalist

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Joseph Priestley, Scientist, Philosopher, and Theologian
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W. H. Brock

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199215300.003.0003

Priestley's observations and experiments enabled others to interpret nature in a new way. This chapter reviews these observations and experiments covering electrostatics, optics, pneumatic chemistry, and photosynthesis. It then considers the ways recent historians have interpreted Priestley's scientific activities in the context of his theological, educational, and political activities. Finally, the chapter re-examines the question of Priestley's attitude towards Lavoisier and his continuing support for a phlogistic world view.

Keywords:   chemistry, science, electrostatics, optics, pneumatic chemistry, photosynthesis, Lavoisier

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