The Invention of Air
A Story of Science, Faith, Revolution, and the Birth of AmericaAudiobook CD - 2008
The Invention of Air is a story of sweeping historical transformation, of genius and friendship, violence and world-changing ideas, that boldly recasts our understanding of the most pivotal events in our history. It centers on the story of Joseph Priestley -- scientist and minister, protégé 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 1780s, 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 be 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, because of his close relationship 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 Steven Johnson brilliantly charts, Priestley exerted profound if little-known influence on the shape and course of this great experiment in nation-building.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Audio, p2008.
Branch Call Number: 540.92 P949j2
Characteristics: 5 sound discs (ca. 6 hrs..) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.