Talk:Antoine Lavoisier

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Former good articleAntoine Lavoisier was one of the Natural sciences good articles, but it has been removed from the list. There are suggestions below for improving the article to meet the good article criteria. Once these issues have been addressed, the article can be renominated. Editors may also seek a reassessment of the decision if they believe there was a mistake.
April 25, 2007Good article reassessmentDelisted

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Page width[edit]

Can anyone do something about the excess width of this page? I can't print it properly (unless I go to landscape mode) and this seems to be the only Wikipedia page like that. - 15:51, 25 February 2002

Fixed --maveric149 00:23, 1 March 2002
Thanks. There turn out to be a few others like that but that one had been the most egregious. - 07:42, 8 March 2002

"The Republic has no need of savants"[edit]

Jean-Pierre Poirier (Lavoisier, Pygmalion, 1993) thinks this quotation is apocryphal. Poirier also gives more detail about Mme Lavoisier's role as a scientific assistant and also how she may have contributed inadvertently to his execution by openly showing her contempt for the mistress of a high revolutionary official who could have pardoned him. The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk • contribs) 20 Dec 2005.

Madison Smartt Bell is professor of English and director of the Kratz Center for Creative Writing at Goucher College in Maryland. His most recent book is a nonfiction biography of pioneering chemist Antoine Lavoisier, Lavoisier in the Year One: The Birth of a New Science in an Age of Revolution (W. W. Norton, 2005).


I do know Lavoisier had some very important contributions to geology. Can anybody contribute to this article in regards to this - Dominic Hollands —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) 15 December 2006.



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French Revolution[edit]

The article creates the incorrect impression that all of Lavoisier's scientific endeavour dated from before the Revolution. In fact his work on the metric system was done for the Revolutionary government. I have also removed the sentence 'As the French Revolution gained momentum from 1789 on, Lavoisier's world inexorably collapsed around him' as it is unsupported by references, and replaced it with a new article section on the French Revolution describing what he did during this period.