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The Chemical History of a Candle (1861)

by Michael Faraday

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Magnificent and charming, this transcription of one of Faraday's Christmas Lecture series illustrates not just the mastery of practical skills required for a compelling demonstration, but also Faraday's skill for communicating and building enthusiasm for science. Also includes a "bonus" lecture on the fusion of platinum.

A must for anyone interested in the history of science or the Royal Institution. Also recommended for all children aged 10 or so! ( )
  gbsallery | Apr 15, 2010 |
Everything popularization-of-science can be:
"There is not a law under which any part of this universe is governed which does not come into play and is not touched upon in these phenomena." Six lectures 1860-61. Cf. Huxley's "On a Piece of Chalk".

This ed. also includes MF's "Lecture on Platinum". ( )
  AsYouKnow_Bob | Oct 15, 2007 |
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I propose to bring before you, in the course of these lectures, the Chemical History of a Candle. There is no better, there is no more open door by which you can enter into the study of natural philosophy than by considering the physical phenomena of a candle.
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The greatest experimental scientist Michael Faraday delivered these six lectures at London's Royal Institution. Their subjects include the components, function, and weight of the atmosphere; capillary attraction; the carbon content in oxygen and living bodies; respiration and its analogy to the burning of a candle; and much more. Numerous illustrations.

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Presents a newly illustrated edition of Faraday's six classic lectures that provide an introduction to the principles of combustion. Includes twenty-two experiments that demonstrate the argument of the lectures.

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