Lavoisier in the Year One: The Birth of a New Science in an by Madison Smartt Bell

By Madison Smartt Bell

"Fresh . . . sturdy . . . packed with suspense and intrigue."—Publishers Weekly

Antoine Lavoisier reinvented chemistry, overthrowing the normal rules of alchemy and inventing a wholly new terminology, one nonetheless in use by way of chemists. Madison Smartt Bell's captivating narrative reads like a race to the end line, because the very situations that enabled Lavoisier to safe his recognition because the father of contemporary chemistry—a huge fortune and social connections with the likes of Benjamin Franklin—also brought on his glory to be lower brief by means of the French Revolution.

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The LVI Panzer and the two security divisions of the V SS Corps were pushed back to the north, on Zepernick and Ladeburg, while the rest of the army was in danger of being encircled behind the Spree River, between Erkner and Zossen. Sieckenius and Major General Emmo von Roden, the commander of the 286th Security Division,28 lost contact with the Headquarters, V SS Corps, and more or less by default placed themselves under the command of General of Artillery Helmuth Weidling, the commander of the LVI Panzer Corps.

Rothenburg was born in Fuerstenwalde, near the river Spree in Brandenburg, on June 8, 1894, and entered the Imperial Army as a private in the 5th Foot Guards Regiment on April 1, 1914. Four months later, World War I broke out. Rothenburg first saw action near Namur, Belgium, but was soon on his way to Silesia with his regiment. The 5th Foot Guards fought against the Czar’s armies in Poland, Galacia, and in the Carpathians. After serving on the Eastern Front, Rothenburg was involved in the trench warfare that characterized the Western Front.

Hube’s division alone faced 10 Russian divisions. On November 28, in near blizzard conditions, the 1st Panzer Army finally retreated and Rostov was abandoned. Sieckenius and his two battered battalions fell back to the Mius, where the Reds were finally halted. While his regiment huddled in their bunkers near the front, Sieckenius spent much of his time that winter in Stalino, supervising the arrival of new tanks and begging for more. The summer campaign of 1942 began in June. 14 By mid-November, the division had been reduced to a strength of 4,000 men—about one-quarter of its strength in May 1941.

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