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Faraday, Michael

The Chemical History of a Candle: With an Introduction by Frank A.J.L. James

Michael Faraday´s celebrated series of lectures, The Chemical History of a Candle, became one of the most successful science books ever published and was a classic work of Victorian popular science. They highlight how Faraday--the bookbinder´s apprentice turned scientist--was a remarkable communicator of science. First published in 1861, these engaging lectures have remained in print ever since. Covering a wide range of basic scientific knowledge, The Chemical History of a Candle draws out the science behind the candle flame--a familiar yet complex example of combustion, and a source of fascination as much today as it was then. Timed to mark the 150th anniversary of the first publication, Frank James presents a new edition of the lectures, which, for the first time, includes a facsimile of Faraday´s original handwritten lecture notes, never before published. Including an introduction from Frank James, one of the world´s leading Faraday scholars, this new edition provides fascinating historical background to these lectures, and to Faraday himself.

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