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Joseph Priestly and his Big (writing) Idea

December 3, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, journalism, writers, writing.

Joseph Priestly, the Englishman we remember as a great scientist and the one who first discovered oxygen, was a writer before he was a scientist. And he was a writer with a Big Idea. Priestly (1733-1804) lived in an age when interest in “natural philosophy,” what we would call “science” today, had exploded, and people • Read More »

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