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Franklin and Newton; an inquiry into speculative Newtonian experimental science and Franklin's work in electricity as an example thereof.

Author: I Bernard Cohen
Publisher: Philadelphia, American Philosophical Society, 1956.
Series: Memoirs of the American Philosophical Society, v. 43.
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Named Person: Benjamin Franklin; Isaac Newton; Benjamin Franklin; Isaac Newton, Sir; Benjamin Franklin; Isaac Newton; Isaac Newton; Benjamin Franklin
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: I Bernard Cohen
OCLC Number: 522391
Description: xxvi, 657 pages illustrations, portraits 25 cm.
Contents: pt. I. Introduction: Franklin and Newton. The study of eighteenth-century Newtonian science --
Franklin's scientific reputation --
The scientific personality of Franklin and of Newton --
pt. II. Newton: the new natural philosophy. Physical theory in the age of Newton and Franklin --
The two major sources of the Newtonian philosophy: the Principia and the Opticks --
Experimental Newtonianism and the role of hypotheses: the "exact" corpuscular philosophy of the Opticks --
pt. III. Newton and Franklin: the new corpuscular philosophy. Experimental Newtonianism in examples--Franklin's introduction to science --
Benjamin Franklin's contribution to the Newtonian natural philosophy --
pt. IV. Franklin: the rise of electricity as a Newtonian science. Electricity--the new natural philosophy of the eighteenth century --
The Franklinian theory of electricity --
The reception of the Franklin theory: atmospheric electricity and lightning rods --
Further applications and development of the Franklin theory: the ultimate need for the revision of some concepts --
Appendix 1. Newton's use of the word hypothesis --
Appendix 2. Originality in scientific discovery, with special reference to Franklin's experiments and his concept of the electric fluid.
Series Title: Memoirs of the American Philosophical Society, v. 43.

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