Book Discussion on The Invention of Air

Steven Johnson talked about The Invention of Air: A Story of Science, Faith, Revolution, and the Birth of America (Riverhead; December 26,… read more

Steven Johnson talked about The Invention of Air: A Story of Science, Faith, Revolution, and the Birth of America (Riverhead; December 26, 2008). The book recounts the life of Joseph Priestly, scientist and theologian, who discovered oxygen and played a key role in the founding of the Unitarian Church. Joseph Priestly was a close friend of Benjamin Franklin and walked in the same social circles as many of the Founding Fathers who, according to the author, thought highly of him. Joseph Priestly conducted an experiment that led to his discovery of the existence of oxygen on August 1, 1774. Mr. Johnson responded to questions from member of the audience following his presentation. close

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Book Discussion on The Invention of Air

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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Feb 8, 2009
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Oct 28, 2013

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