Lawrence Holmes, Lavoisier and the Chemistry of Life,
No one did more to advance our understanding
of Lavoisier’s contributions to the history
of science than Yale University’s own
Professor Larry Holmes. In Lavoisier and
the Chemistry of Life, Prof. Holmes traced
carefully through Lavoisier’s investigations
to explore how this renown chemist came to the
study of physiology. Prof. Holmes showed that
Lavoisier’s work on plant and animal respiration
was the logical continuity for his earlier research
on the chemical nature of oxygen and other gases.
What made this continuity feasible was Lavoisier’s
commitment to the idea of conservation of matter
in nature (that he himself developed) and to
the role of life in that process.