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Science and the Founding Fathers Science in the Political Thought of Jefferson, Franklin, Adams, and Madison (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 039331510X
ISBN-13: 9780393315103
Sku: 30058381
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.5H x 6.25L x 1T
Pages:  368
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General readers, students of American history, and professional historians alike will profit from reading this engaging presentation of an aspect of American history conspicuously absent from the usual textbooks and popular presentations of the political thought of this crucial period.
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For Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and James Madison, science was an integral part of life-including political life. This is the story of their scientific education and of how they employed that knowledge in shaping the political issues of the day, incorporating scientific reasoning even into the Constitution.Thomas Jefferson was the only president who could read and understand Newton's Principia. Benjamin Franklin is credited with establishing the science of electricity. John Adams had the finest education in science that the new country could provide, including "Pnewmaticks, Hydrostaticks, Mechanicks, Staticks, Opticks." James Madison, chief architect of the Constitution, peppered his Federalist Papers with reference to physics, chemistry, and the life sciences.

For these men science was an integral part of life--including political life. This is the story of their scientific education and of how they employed that knowledge in shaping the political issues of the day, incorporating scientific reasoning into the Constitution. General readers, students of American history, and professional historians alike will profit from reading this engaging presentation of an aspect of American history conspicuously absent from the usual textbooks and popular presentations of the political thought of this crucial period.
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This is the story of the scientific education of the founding fathers of the United States. It discusses how they employed this knowledge in shaping the political issues of the day, and how they incorporated scientific reasoning into the Constitution.

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Kirkus Reviews
"A fascinating study of how Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and James Madison applied science to their political thinking."

Boston Globe
"Intellectually engaging...deftly written."

Kirkus Reviews
"The founding fathers appear in an interesting new light, thanks to Cohen's fresh, not to say iconoclastic, vision."

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0368
Product attributePublisher:   W. W. Norton & Company
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