Stealing God's thunder.
New York : Random House, c2005
|提及的人：||Benjamin Franklin; Benjamin Franklin; Benjamin Franklin|
|描述：||xviii, 279 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.|
|内容：||"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.
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.
- Franklin, Benjamin, -- 1706-1790.
- Franklin, Benjamin, -- 1706-1790 -- Knowledge -- Physics.
- Electricity -- Experiments -- History -- 18th century.
- Lightning -- Experiments -- History -- 18th century.
- Statesmen -- United States -- Biography.
- Physicists -- United States -- Biography.
- Franklin, Benjamin.