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

作者: Philip Dray
出版商: New York : Random House, ©2005.
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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.  再讀一些...
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類型/形式: Biography
History
其他的實體格式: Online version:
Dray, Philip.
Stealing God's thunder.
New York : Random House, c2005
(OCoLC)607604771
提及的人: Benjamin Franklin; Benjamin Franklin; Benjamin Franklin; Benjamin Franklin
資料類型: 傳記, 網際網路資源
文件類型: 圖書, 網路資源
所有的作者/貢獻者: Philip Dray
ISBN: 140006032X 9781400060320
OCLC系統控制編碼: 56420374
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.
責任: 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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