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The Ingenious Dr Franklin: Selected Scientific Letters of Benjamin Franklin

Edited By: Nathan G Goodman

University of Pennsylvania Press

Paperback | Oct 1974 | #108801 | ISBN: 0812210670
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Dr. Franklin's own excited, uproariously witty reports to his family, his friends, and his scientific colleagues in Europe and America create an incomparable portrait of science in the eighteenth century.

This book crackles with his wonderful mental energy.-Walter Isaacson "Dr. Franklin's own excited, uproariously witty reports to his family, his friends, and his scientific colleagues in Europe and America create an incomparable portrait of science in the eighteenth century. Reading these letters fosters a new affection for our country's foremost and most beloved inventor."-Dava Sobel, author of Longitude and Galileo's Daughter "This marvelous collection helps rescue Ben Franklin from our impression of him as a genial tinkerer flying kites in the rain. In fact, he was a serious scientist whose letters reveal the scope of his ideas, ranging from daylight savings time to bifocals to magnetism. This book crackles with his wonderful mental energy."-Walter Isaacson, managing editor of Time


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Biography

Nathan G. Goodman is the author of Benjamin Rush, Physician and Citizen, 1746-1813, also published by the University of Pennsylvania Press.

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