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The Invention of Air by Steven Johnson
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Aug 31, 10

bookshelves: non-fiction
Read from August 09 to 31, 2010

The front jacket sounded so interesting, but my attention waned often. Joseph Priestley is a really interesting character, but this book was more about the process of scientific and political discovery in the 18th century than it was about Priestley himself. Honestly, he most interesting things I learned from this book weren't even about Priestley. For example, did you know in the carboniferous period plants and animals were HUGE? I mean huge, like an insect would be the size of your face. Now you know, and you don't have to read this whole book to find that out.

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