John Scott Haldane (1860-1936) was one of the greatest and most
colourful of British scientists, acknowledged as the leading
physiologist of the Victorian era. The most successful serial
self-experimenter in the history of science, Haldane crawled
through the carnage of underground explosions, locked himself in
sealed chambers, breathed in lethal cocktails of gases, sampled his
own blood, burned and healed his own flesh, and experimented on his
own children in an obsessive push to understand the nature of human
respiration. What is expired air? How can you make coal mines
safer? What does carbon monoxide do to people? These are just some
of the vital questions to which Haldane provided the answers,
saving thousands of lives in the process. He also designed the
first space-suit and invented the gas-mask, among many other
innovations and contributions we still benefit from today.
Entertaining and enlightening in equal measure, Martin Goodman's
lively and revealing biography casts new light on one of the
greatest eccentrics of British scientific and intellectual life.
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