James Smithson is best known as the founder of the Smithsonian Institution, but few people know his full and fascinating story. The Science of James Smithson: Discoveries from the Smithsonian Founder
is a comprehensive tribute to Smithson's contributions to chemistry, mineralogy, and more. This detailed narrative illuminates Smithson and his quest for knowledge at a time when chemists still debated things as basic as the nature of fire, and struggled to maintain their networks amid the ever-changing conditions of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. By providing scientific and intellectual context to his work, The Science of James Smithson
is a comprehensive tribute to Smithson's contributions to his fields.
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