. . . is considered the father of modern chemistry. Born in 1743, a man of omnivorous interests, he conducted experiments to explain combustion. He clarified the composition of water; determined the role of oxygen in the body's fuel consumption; replaced alchemical nomenclature with the present system; served as director of the Grand Arsenal -- and lost his head to the guillotine in 1794. A biography of a major scientific life to dovetail with initial chemistry courses this sets forth clearly the sequence of events in his life, placing his achievements in correct relationship to his times, to the politics of his day, to science a-borning. Cohesive and coherently told.