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Giants of Science Benjamin Franklin (Giants of Science)by Kathleen Krull
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The electrifying biography of innovative scientist Benjamin Franklin is the perfect addition to this outstanding series!
Benjamin Franklin is a famous colonial inventor and multitasker who may be best remembered as one of Americas Founding Fathers. But he was also a natural philosopher” (the term for scientists back in the 1700s), whose experiments led to important discoveries about the nature of electricity—including his famous demonstration that electricity and lightning were one and the same. In a fantastic addition to the much-lauded Giants of Science series, this biography sheds new light on the man who considered science his true calling in life.
Praise for the Giants of Science series:
With an inviting, conversational narrative, this series launches with an impressive start.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review of Leonardo da Vinci
The second title in Krulls Giants of Science series meets, and perhaps even exceeds, expectations set by the debut, Leonardo da Vinci. Krull and Newton are a match made in heaven .” —Bulletin of the Center for Childrens Books, starred review of Isaac Newton
Another standout in a uniformly stellar series.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review of Albert Einstein
An illuminating, humanizing portrait”—Booklist, starred review of Charles Darwin
Krull presents another top-notch scientific biography in the outstanding Giants of Science series.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review of Marie Curie
Krull lives up to the promise of the first two entries in her Giants of Science series with this lucid and thoughtful examination of Freuds life, work, and legacy.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review of Sigmund Freud
Sure, almost all kids know Benjamin Franklin as one of America’s Founding Fathers, a man with a hand in both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. And they may even have some vague idea that he once flew a kite during a lightning storm. What Kathleen Krull sets out to do in this very different biography is show Ben Franklin the “natural philosopher” (the term for scientists back in the 1700s), whose experiments led to important discoveries about the nature of electricity—including his famous demonstration that electricity and lightning were one and the same.
As always, this much-lauded series presents a true Giant of Science in a juicily anecdotal way. This is social history at its best. . . . who knew that Franklin became such a megastar that Paris shops sold Ben dolls, Ben ashtrays, even Ben wallpaper?
Witty and engaging, this is a worthy addition to the Giants of Science series.
There are countless books about that famous colonial multitasker. But Kathleen Krull sheds new light on the Benjamin Franklin who considered science his true calling in life, not nation building. Witty and engaging, her biography follows Franklin’s studies on the nature of air and heat and the process by which he proved
electricity and lightning were one and the same. Readers come away with a perceptive, fair-minded portrait of a man who became such a celebrity during his years in Paris that souvenir stores sold Franklin ashtrays, dolls, and even wallpaper. This is a worthy addition to the Giants of Science series.
About the Author
Kathleen Krull, the noted social historian, lives in San Diego, California.
Boris Kulikov, the illustrator of this series, lives in New York City.
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