David McConnell: The Last Book I Loved, The Story of Alchemy and the Beginnings of Chemistry

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I’m always hunting for great nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century histories. Something about those rolling, periodic sentences, the lofty diction, the Olympian “great man” narratives gives the books an air of eternal authority I love. Compared to them, recent popular histories feel tentative, as if all we can do now is apply incessant conceptual tweaks to […]

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