Scientist, Economist, Social ReformerBook - 1980
Until Antoine Lavoisier, all matter was believed to be composed of four elements: earth, water, air and fire. It was Lavoisier who first showed that Nature was made out of much more complicated stuff, and that bodies burn not by releasing their fire element, but by combining with the element oxygen, the same element that enables plants and animals to breathe.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Da Capo Press, 
Copyright Date: ©1980
Characteristics: 440 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.