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Even when they made allowances for differences of time, place, and circumstance between the implied author or authors of the Biblical text and themselves as readers, they found themselves objecting to substantial portions of the text because they saw certain passages as relatively recent doctrinal interpolations into the Biblical text--what Joseph Priestley called the "corruptions of Christianity.
Although it centers on the life of Joseph Priestley, the 18th century English chemist and clergyman, [The Invention of Air] is far from a conventional biography.
Other essays touch on significant personalities: Richard Price, William Page Roberts, Joseph Priestley, Lesslie Newbigin, Olive Wyon, C.
Oxygen was discovered by the combined but independent work of two rivals: Joseph Priestley, a self-taught scientist from England, and Antoine Lavoisier, an aristocratic French tax collector and science theorist.
Although I don't think I realized it at the time, our experiment was very similar to the one Joseph Priestley performed in 1774 that led to the discovery of oxygen.
The book's subtitle refers to "Five Friends" (Matthew Boulton, Erasmus Darwin, Joseph Priestley, James Watt, and Josiah Wedgewood), but the "Lunar Men" (so-called as they met at each full moon) studied includes seven others, several of whom were younger than the five upon whom the author concentrates.
The book's subtitle, Five Friends Whose Curiosity Changed the World, refers to Erasmus Darwin (grandfather of Charles, and a formulator of an early form of the theory of evolution); Joseph Priestley (one of the discoverers of oxygen and a Unitarian leader); James Watt (inventor of the steam engine); Matthew Boulton (the manufacturer and engineer who financed Watt's steam engine); and Josiah Wedgewood (of Wedgewood pottery fame, known for his scientific approach to the craft).
Reid said little in his published writings about his contemporary Joseph Priestley, but his unpublished work is largely devoted to the latter.
1774: English chemist Joseph Priestley announced his discovery of oxygen.
While Enlightenment figures like Joseph Priestley and Adam Smith viewed the history of science as a species of "philosophical history," religiously-minded scholars as diverse as Priestley, Pierre Duhem, and Stanley Jaki used it in the conflict between scientific and religious cultures, and nineteenth-century positivists appropriated it to the justificatory needs of science itself.
In 1780 Benjamin Franklin wrote to Joseph Priestley, the chemist, biologist, and minister: "I always rejoice to hear of your being still employed in experimental researches into nature and of the success you meet with.
It is a tribute to the intellectual and polemical achievements of Richard Price and Joseph Priestley that the activities of the rational dissenters of late eighteenth-century England continue to fascinate historians, philosophers, and theologians.