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Lavoisier's Comments About Science

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Posted by M.W.Pearson on December 29, 2001 07:22:56 UTC

I think we can forgive Planck, the terms are too general to establish any specific point.

Antoine Lavoisie wrote:
"Chemists have made phlogiston a vague principle, which is not strictly defined and which consequently fits all the explanations demanded of it. Sometimes it has weight, sometimes it has not...(etc.) It is a veritable Proteus that changes its form every instant !"
"It is time to lead chemistry back to a stricter way of thinking, to strip...the additions of rationality and prejudice, to distinguish what is fact and observation from what is system and hypothesis."

(all from the book by Douglas McKie)
Antoine Lavoisier, 1743-1794,
Discovered the composition of air and water,
Discovered the properties of and named "oxygen"
Drew up the first table of chemical elements,
Analyzed combustion and respiration,
Founded the first experimental farm in history, Devised an scheme for national education and Devised a plan for social security.
Despite his humane work, he was guillotined ruing the Reign of Terror.

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