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"Oxygen" show

Idea by Jean-Yves Jean-Yves   |   added on May 12, 2010 09:28AM Suggestion Suggestion
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The discovery of the oxygen in 18th century marks the beginning of modern chemistry. But who has made this discovery? Is it Lavoisier in France, Priestley in England or Scheele in Sweden?

The discovery of the oxygen in 18th century marks the beginning of modern chemistry. But who has made this discovery? Is it Lavoisier in France, Priestley in England or Scheele in Sweden? In the play "Oxygène", an imaginary Nobel committee meets in 2001 to determine it. With fantasy and humor succeed one another scientific discussions and cheery masquerades, experiments and operations. Three savants use all their powers to appropriate the anteriority of the discovery. Is it the same today? The play is source of questions on the notion of scientific discovery, on the part of fate, intuition, skill or opportunism of researchers, and also on the place of women in science, the functioning of the Nobel Committee, the history of sciences or still the part of communication and scientific competition in research.


Topic: play, nobel commitee, research Audience: general public, students, scientists, secondary schools
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