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From Sunlight to Insight
From Sunlight to Insight

From Sunlight to Insight

Jan IngenHousz, the Discovery of Photosynthesis & Science in the Light of Ecology


408 Pages, 6.25 x 9.5

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $40.95 (US $40.95) (CA $44.95)

Publication Date: September 2010

ISBN 9789054876458

Rights: WOR X BE & NL

ASP-VUB Press (Sep 2010)

Price: $40.95


An unexpectedly fresh look at the world of the Enlightenment and the science of the 18th century, this fascinating book introduces Jan IngenHousz, the little-known discoverer of photosynthesis. Written for a general audience, the story provides a view into everyday life in the decades before and after the French revolution—even as it pursues the mysteries surrounding this important scientist's life and work. The result is a multidimensional approach to science that includes history, philosophy, scientific instruments, the growth of chemistry, and the modern field of ecology.


"This book is extraordinarily entertaining, informative, illuminating, and thought-provoking. Everyone, non-specialist as well as specialist, will find much in it to satisfy as well as stimulate." —Sir James Black, Nobel laureate, on Paul Janssen, Pioneer in Pharma & in China

"This book will not fail to inform, stimulate, and amuse." —Ian Hindmarch, psychoactive drug researcher, on Paul Janssen, Pioneer in Pharma & in China

Author Biography

Geerdt Magiels is a biologist, a philosopher of science, and the author of De kunst van het kijken (The Art of Looking), Chemie tussen gisteren en morgen (Chemistry in between Yesterday and Tomorrow), Het brein–100 jaar na Freud (The Brain–100 Years after Freud) and Paul Janssen, Pioneer in Pharma & in China.