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The Chemical History of a Candle: With an Introduction by Frank A.J.L. James Hardcover – 29 Sep 2011

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; Sesquicentenary ed. edition (29 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199694915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199694914
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 1.8 x 14.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 586,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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These lectures are historical documents written in the language of their time. And yet the science hasn't gone out of date, neither it seems have the techniques for inspiring young scientists. (Engineering & Technology)

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About the Author

Frank A.J.L. James is Professor of the History of Science at the Royal Institution and regarded as one of the leading Faraday scholars in the world. He studied history of science at Imperial College where he received his PhD on the development of spectroscopy in the nineteenth century. His main research is editing the Correspondence of Michael Faraday, of which five volumes (out of six) have so far been published.


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Bought this for a Beaver Scout Young Helper's 18th birthday before he heads off to Cambridge to read Natural Sciences [hopefully]. He seems pleased, and based on that, I'm giving it 5 stars as I can't justifiably give it anything else.
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This wonderful book is evidence of the powerful lasting effecy and beauty of intelligence applied to curiosity of the things around us.Faraday was a religious man , a Sandemanian. His Chemistry is still believed to this day .The Sandemanian beliefs not at all.
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This book describes brilliantly how oxidation and combustion with oxygen was discovered and the methodology used to find out the chemical processes involved on it. Good reference to initiate the study of green gases effect in the 1860's as M Faraday calculated the quantity of carbon in the air at that date .
In general a very good scientific book of the 1860's but with very small copy printing of the original papers that makes very difficult to read it without a magnifying glass .
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I had read and enjoyed a Kindle version, which failed to include the illustrations.
The original material is excellent; not to be missed. The candle is the basis of a systematic discussion of the wide range of Chemistry and Physics topics that are involved. Numerous experiments are clearly described in the discussion of the many processes. The illustrations are a very valuable feature of the work.
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This was bought as a christmas present for my son. It was requested by him in his Christmas list. Very happy with it.
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