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The Ingenious Dr. Franklin: Selected Scientific Letters of Benjamin Franklinby Nathan G. Goodman
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The Ingenious Dr. Franklin, an outstanding collection of Benjamin Franklin's scientific correspondence, has long been unavailable yet deserves a place beside his Autobiography as essential reading for everyone interested in history, wit, and invention. Portioned into three sections, Practical Schemes and Suggestions, Diverse Experiments and Observations, and Scientific Deductions and Conjectures, these letters discuss an extraordinary range of topics, including the art of procuring pleasant dreams, choosing eye glasses, the first human flight, the character of clouds, the behavior of oil and water, smallpox and cancer, the cause of colds, charting the Gulf Stream, and prehistoric animals of the Ohio. Culled from ponderous volumes of collected works or private collections, these engaging and unabridged letters were assembled to allow readers to discover for themselves Benjamin Franklin's vigorous personality, his humanity, and his penetrating intelligence.
Book News Annotation:
The reprint of a 1931 collection of Benjamin Franklin's letters to various publications and individuals on various subjects of scientific inquiry. The 57 letters are organized into sections devoted to practical schemes and suggestions, experiments and observations, and scientific deductions and conjectures.
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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. Reading these letters fosters a new affection fo
Culled from ponderous volumes of collected works or private collections, these engaging and unabridged letters were assembled to allow readers to discover for themselves Benjamin Franklin's vigorous personality, his humanity, and his penetrating intelligence.
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