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Green Lion Press is a small publishing company owned and operated by two independent scholars in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Our specialty is providing access to original source texts in history of science, history of mathematics, and history of ideas. We are committed to producing high quality books at reasonable prices.

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About the Green Lion and its Caregivers

Green Lion Press caregivers The Green Lion lives with its caregivers in its lair in the mountains above Santa Fe, New Mexico. Its tawny mountain lion cousins can be seen on the next ridge. Coyotes sing nightly outside the window, undoubtedly wishing they could be as green, as feline, and as alchemically powerful as our handsome beast.

The Green Lion's caregivers, William H. Donahue and Dana Densmore, are independent scholars whose special interests are the primary texts in history of science, history of mathematics, and history of ideas. They have studied and taught these texts at St. John's College and elsewhere and since 1995 have been designing and producing the books they love.

The Green Lion is also lovingly cared for by Associate Editor Howard J. Fisher.

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What's New from Green Lion Press

Our most recent publications:

A New Foundation for Chemistry: Antoine Lavoisier's Elementary Treatise on Chemistry, Preliminary Discourse and Part One 

by Antoine Lavoisier
New translation by Chester Burke and Matthew Holtzman

Running Commentary by Howard J. Fisher

Lavoisier New Foundation coverOne of the most revolutionary scientific works ever written, and also one of the most accessible, Lavoisier's Elementary Treatise on Chemistry established the constancy of weight in chemical reactions, revealed the composition of water, and set forth a clear concept of the nature of gases.

This landmark publication is the first English translation of the most accessible sections of Lavoisier's great Treatise since Robert Kerr's version, completed in great haste in 1789. In bringing this extraordinary work into modern English, Burke and Holtzman have kept in mind Lavoisier's overriding concern for accuracy of language. The result is a translation that captures both the reasoning and the poetry of the Treatise.

Also new:

A Maxwellian Path to Maxwell's Equations: Chapters from Maxwell's Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism and Other Papers

Edited with Running Commentary by Howard J. Fisher

Maxwellian Path cover James Clerk Maxwell is famous for having derived four interrelated equations that together form the basis for the entirety of electromagnetic theory. The power and beauty of these expressions have impressed generations of students of physics and constitute the foundation upon which modern electromagnetic science is based. Yet anyone looking in Maxwell's Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism will search in vain for these equations. Where are they hiding, and how can they be coaxed out into the open?

In this small book, Howard Fisher brings us step by step from Maxwell's experimentally based exposition of basic electrical and magnetic laws and relations all the way through to the four canonical "Maxwell-Hertz" equations as Einstein and other early twentieth-century physicists knew them. The steps in the derivations are presented in Maxwell's own words and mathematics, beautifully and clearly explained by Fisher in bottom-of-the-page notes. Quite delightfully, in the course of working out the equations, we pass through a development of the electromagnetic wave theory of light. This presentation has been used with success in St. John's College's unusual science curriculum, in which all students (none of them science majors) work their way through Maxwell and carry on to study Einstein's 1905 Special Relativity paper.