Technology is Easy and Science is Power

The final chapters of The Invention of Air, focuses on Priestley’s involvement in multiple controversies (Johnson 152). He published History of the Corruptions of Christianity, picking apart core Christian beliefs (Johnson 152-153). Priestley’s challenge of religion from a scientific perspective, is not only an attack on a belief system, but an attack on how the country is run. GovernmentsContinue reading “Technology is Easy and Science is Power”

Out of Thin Air

The first chapters of Steven Johnson’s The Invention of Air, outline the scientific ideologies and methods utilized to describe Joseph Priestley’s discovery of oxygen. These ideologies are not only reviewed under the scope of science, but also analyzed under the scope of historical significance. Johnson presents three unique models in order to paint a picture in theContinue reading “Out of Thin Air”