First Scientific American by Joyce Chaplin
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First Scientific American
By Joyce Chaplin

The First Scientific American

Benjamin Franklin and the Pursuit of Genius

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First Scientific American by Joyce Chaplin

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Famous, fascinating Benjamin Franklin-he would be neither without his accomplishments in science. In this authoritative intellectual biography of America's most brilliant and cosmopolitan Founding Father, Joyce Chaplin considers Franklin's scientific work as a career in its own right as well as the basis of his political thought. The famous kite and other experiments with electricity were only part of Franklin's accomplishments. He charted the Gulf Stream, made important observations in meteorology, and used the burgeoning science of "political arithmetic" to make unprecedented statements about America's power. Even as he stepped onto the world stage as an illustrious statesman and diplomat in the years leading up to the American Revolution, his fascination with nature was unrelenting.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780465009565
ISBN-10: 0465009565
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 156mm x 28mm)
Pages: 432
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 13-Mar-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Joyce Chaplin

Joyce E. Chaplin is Professor of History at Harvard University. She is the author of two academic books: An Anxious Pursuit and Subject Matter. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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