Lavoisier encountered much opposition in trying to change the field, especially from British phlogistic scientists. After returning from Paris, Priestley took up once again his investigation of the air from mercury calx. The "official" version of Lavoisier's Easter Memoir did not appear until In other words, no mass is lost in a chemical reaction.
Thus when the revised version of the Easter Memoir was published inLavoisier no longer stated that the principle which combined with metals on calcination was just common air but "nothing else than the healthiest and purest part of the air" or the "eminently respirable part of the air".
One October night one of the liberal Judges, A. The elements included light; caloric matter of heat ; the principles of oxygen, hydrogen, and azote nitrogen ; carbon; sulfur; phosphorus; the yet unknown "radicals" of muriatic acid hydrochloric acidboric acidand "fluoric" acid; 17 metals; 5 earths mainly oxides of yet unknown metals such as magnesiabariteand strontia ; three alkalies potashsodaand ammonia ; and the "radicals" of 19 organic acids.
He was so influential that he is said to have an equal if not greater impact in chemistry as Newton did in physics Tiner The Aristotelian elements of earth, air, fire, and water were discarded, and instead some 55 substances which could not be decomposed into simpler substances by any known chemical means were provisionally listed as elements.
He meanwhile succeeded in producing more and better gunpowder by increasing the supply and ensuring the purity of the constituents—saltpeter potassium nitratesulfur, and charcoal—as well as by improving the methods of granulating the powder.
By measuring the quantity of carbon dioxide and heat produced by confining a live guinea pig in this apparatus, and by comparing the amount of heat produced when sufficient carbon was burned in the ice calorimeter to produce the same amount of carbon dioxide as that which the guinea pig exhaled, they concluded that respiration was in fact a slow combustion process.
The total effect of the new nomenclature can be gauged by comparing the new name " copper sulfate " with the old term "vitriol of Venus. In Lavoisier presented a report to the Commission detailing ten years of efforts on his experimental farm to introduce new crops and types of livestock.
Lavoisier recognized that Black's fixed air was identical with the air evolved when metal calces were reduced with the charcoal and even suggested that the air which combined with metals on calcination and increased the weight might be Black's fixed air, that is, CO2.
Chemical revolution and opposition Antoine Lavoisier is commonly cited as a central contributor to the chemical revolution.