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The Invention of Air

Steven Johnson

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Bestselling author Steven Johnson recounts-in dazzling, multidisciplinary fashion-the story of the brilliant man who embodied the relationship between science, religion, and politics for America's Founding Fathers. The Invention of Air is a book of world-changing ideas wrapped around a compelling narrative, a story of genius and violence and friendship in the midst of sweeping historical change that provokes us to recast our understanding of the Founding Fathers. It is the story of Joseph Priestley-scientist and theologian, protégé of Benjamin Franklin, friend of Thomas Jefferson-an eighteenth-century radical thinker who played pivotal roles in the invention of ecosystem science, the discovery of oxygen, the founding of the Unitarian Church, and the intellectual development of the United States. And it is a story that only Steven Johnson, acclaimed juggler of disciplines and provocative ideas, can do justice to. In the 1780s, Priestley had established himself in his native England as a brilliant scientist, a prominent minister, and an outspoken advocate of the American Revolution, who had sustained long correspondences with Franklin, Jefferson, and John Adams. Ultimately, his radicalism made his life politically uncomfortable, and he fled to the nascent United States. Here, he was able to build conceptual bridges linking the scientific, political, and religious impulses that governed his life. And through his close relationships with the Founding Fathers-Jefferson credited Priestley as the man who prevented him from abandoning Christianity-he exerted profound if little-known influence on the shape and course of our history. As in his last bestselling work, The Ghost Map, Steven Johnson here uses a dramatic historical story to explore themes that have long engaged him: innovation and the way new ideas emerge and spread, and the environments that foster these breakthroughs. And as he did in Everything Bad Is Good for You, Johnson upsets some fundamental assumptions about the world we live in-namely, what it mea

Language:

English

Narrators:

Mark Deakins

Length:

6h 7m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:48


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:32


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:55


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:45


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:21


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:58


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:53


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:47


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:02


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:07


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:01


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:52


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:08


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:34


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:57


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:11


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:57


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:34


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:38


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:42


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:10


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:48


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:47


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:26


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:23


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:22


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:23


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:28


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:27


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:26


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:20


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:11


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:27


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:10


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:08


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:46


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:44


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:40


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:53


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:41


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:07


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:42


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:42


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:07


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:14


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:18


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:39


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:55


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:09


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:27


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:37


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:27


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:35


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:01


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

00:33