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A Chemical History of a Candle by Michael Faraday
Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. 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.
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"The Chemical History of a Candle: Lecture One" Faraday, Michael (1827)
Sort order. Start your review of A Chemical History of a Candle. Jul 27, Bradley rated it really liked it Shelves: science , shelf , non-fiction. You know when you get that burning idea that says, "Oh, Lordy, I wish I had been there for those science lectures? Honestly, though, this is with the actual Michael Faraday of the Faraday cages for dispersing EM currents, although he doesn't go into any of that here.
These classroom lectures DO come with some really great chemical breakdowns of everything surrounding a candle all the way to some really cool metallurgy experiments, from combustion to purificati You know when you get that burning idea that says, "Oh, Lordy, I wish I had been there for those science lectures? These classroom lectures DO come with some really great chemical breakdowns of everything surrounding a candle all the way to some really cool metallurgy experiments, from combustion to purification, all the way to platinum.
I was particularly impressed with the means and methods he shows us how to determine the weight of elements and how to determine so much more.
Faraday's Great 19th Century Lectures
It's all perfectly understandable building blocks but putting them all together in this way is damn creative and fascinating. Never mind the oldschool measurement systems, it's still clear and everything is fairly easily convertible. I keep thinking that this would be a fantastic book to have with us if we should ever fall into another dark age. It's a perfect stepping stone to regaining lost knowledge once we slip back into the bronze age.
It even gives us chemical batteries, explosives, and suction cups!
All the things we absolutely need in the bathroom! I totally recommend this for chemistry nerds. View all 16 comments. Nov 25, Roy Lotz rated it liked it Shelves: ignorance-of-experts. Faraday is certifiably awesome, and it would definitely be worth a trip in a time machine to have seen his lectures.
But, for me, reading them fell a little flat. This was partially my fault, as I read a copy with no pictures, and this book would have been greatly improved by some illustrations. Nonetheless, I found it difficult and dry to follow page after page of descriptions of demonstrations—demonstrations that would have been both easy-to-follow and entertaining if seen in the flesh. A more conventional, didactic style would have made for a more pleasant read. And when his personality shines through in the lectures, you get a glimpse of a passionate, affable, and profound mind.
Mar 13, Aida rated it really liked it Shelves: historical , non-fiction , science. A series of six lectures given by the natural philosopher Michael Faraday, in which he describes what happens when a candle is lit. Written in 19th-century English, it is not a clear or precise as science books written today, but I really enjoyed it because it was lovely to take something so small and everyday as a candle and break down everything that happens with it, from how they are made to the carbon dioxide or carbonic acid that is produced in combustion.
He even links together the combu A series of six lectures given by the natural philosopher Michael Faraday, in which he describes what happens when a candle is lit. The knowledge that he displays is incomplete and sometimes told in a weirdly romantic fashion especially the last paragraph , but mostly this is what I have come to expect from older science books. A good book for a beginner and someone interested in the history of science.
View 1 comment. May 01, Meredith rated it liked it. It's easy to forget that until the invention of the electric lamp, most of human history survived by candlelight.
I'd recommend this to any chemistry geek like me. The most remarkable thing about this book is that it contains detailed demonstrations of laboratory-scale experiments, most of which would be considered toxic and dangerous today. The section on non-ferrous extractive metallurgy is fascinating and it's a pity that the book doesn't include the Pt-Pb stability diagram.
Unfort It's easy to forget that until the invention of the electric lamp, most of human history survived by candlelight.
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Unfortunately, despite what it says on the eBook cover, my free Amazon download copy doesn't include the illustrations. I have since found free PDF reprints on the web that include the original figures. I want someone to recreate these lectures; they were fun to read but my feeble mind needs visual upon which to latch. Bill Nye, are you reading this? Mar 18, Phillip Johnson rated it really liked it Shelves: science.