Antoine Lavoisier Quotes

Imagination … which is ever wandering beyond the bounds of truth, joined to self-love and that self-confidence we are so apt to indulge, prompt us to draw conclusions that are not immediately derived from facts ...

 
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The “father of modern chemistry” and one of the great geniuses of the age was beheaded because he was an aristocrat during the French Revolution.
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Antoine Lavoisier, 1743-1794, French Chemist, Economist & Biologist, Quoted in Robin Hanson, “Are Beliefs Like Clothes?”

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Antoine Lavoisier
Antoine Lavoisier
  • Born: August 26, 1743
  • Died: May 8, 1794
  • Nationality: French
  • Profession: Scientist

Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier was a French nobleman and chemist who was central to the 18th-century chemical revolution and who had a large influence on both the history of chemistry and the history of biology. He is widely considered in popular literature as the "father of modern chemistry".

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