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 . The Chemical History of a Candle: With an Introduction by Frank A.J.L. James
Possibly the most popular scientific lecture ever! This edition by Frank James has a facsimile of Faradys original notes as well as a great introduction by James, who is possbly the world's leading expert on Faraday and his life and times. Recommended!
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.
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.
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.