Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier was a chemist, a geologist, a physiologist and an economist. He had a law degree, though he never practiced law. Today, people call him the father of modern chemistry. If you've taken even the most basic chemistry class, you're familiar with one of his fundamental contributions to the field: the law of conservation of mass. His work also led to the modern periodic table of the elements.
Oh, and as a teen, he once decided - for the sake of scientific inquiry - to subsist on nothing but milk.
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Episode link: The Explosive Career of Antoine Lavoisier
- American Chemical Society. "The Chemical Revolution of Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier." https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/whatischemistry/landmarks/lavoisier.html
- Chemical Heritage Foundation. "Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier." http://www.chemheritage.org/discover/online-resources/chemistry-in-history/themes/early-chemistry-and-gases/lavoisier.aspx
- Chemical Heritage Foundation. "Joseph Priestly." http://www.chemheritage.org/discover/online-resources/chemistry-in-history/themes/early-chemistry-and-gases/priestley.aspx
- Catholic Encyclopedia. "Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier." http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/09052a.htm
- Connor, Clifford D. "Jean-Paul Marat: An Online Companion." 2012 http://www.maratscience.com/chapter2.html
- Donovan, Arthur. "Antoine Lavoisier: Science, Administration and Revolution." Cambridge University Press. 1996.
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