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Stealing God's thunder : Benjamin Franklin's lightning rod and the invention of America

Autore: Philip Dray
Editore: New York : Random House, ©2005.
Edizione/Formato:   Libro : Biography : English : 1st edVedi tutte le edizioni e i formati
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A biography of Benjamin Franklin viewed through the lens of his scientific inquiry and its ramifications for American democracy. Today we think of Franklin as a founder of American independence who also dabbled in science. But in Franklin's day it was otherwise--long before he was an eminent statesman, he was famous for his revolutionary scientific work, especially his experiments with lightning and electricity.  Per saperne di più…
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Genere/forma: Biography
Informazioni aggiuntive sul formato: Online version:
Dray, Philip.
Stealing God's thunder.
New York : Random House, c2005
(OCoLC)607604771
Persona incaricata: Benjamin Franklin; Benjamin Franklin; Benjamin Franklin
Tipo materiale: Biography, Risorsa internet
Tipo documento: Book, Internet Resource
Tutti gli autori / Collaboratori: Philip Dray
ISBN: 140006032X 9781400060320
Numero OCLC: 56420374
Descrizione: xviii, 279 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contenuti: "Cotton Mather, dam you, with a pox to you!" --
Made at Philadelphia --
A subject of serene contemplation --
The mighty hand of God --
Electric ambassador --
The science of freedom.
Responsabilità: Philip Dray.
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A biography of Benjamin Franklin viewed through the lens of his scientific inquiry and its ramifications for American democracy. Today we think of Franklin as a founder of American independence who also dabbled in science. But in Franklin's day it was otherwise--long before he was an eminent statesman, he was famous for his revolutionary scientific work, especially his experiments with lightning and electricity. Pulitzer Prize finalist Dray uses the evolution of Franklin's scientific curiosity and empirical thinking as a metaphor for America's struggle to establish its fundamental values. Set against the backdrop of the Enlightenment and America's pursuit of political equality for all, the book recounts how Franklin unlocked one of the greatest natural mysteries of his day.--From publisher description.

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