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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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The Invention of Air

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Program ID:
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Category:
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Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Feb 08, 2009 | 6:02am EST | C-SPAN 2
Last Aired:
Oct 28, 2013 | 1:00am EDT | C-SPAN 3

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  • Feb 08, 2009 | 6:02am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Feb 14, 2009 | 4:18pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Feb 15, 2009 | 5:05am EST | C-SPAN 2
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