Stealing God's Thunder : Benjamin Franklin's Lightning Rod And the Invention of America (Paperback)

Author: Dray, Philip

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A Pulitzer Prize finalist uses the story of Ben Franklin's science and his curiousity as a metaphor for America's struggle for democracy, and recounts how Franklin unlocked one of the greatest natural mysteries of his day. High school & older.

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Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780812968101
SKU 202068720
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0812968107
Release Date 12/27/2005
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 0.5T
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"[A] lively and entertaining tale....Dray provides not only a masterful glimpse of this aspect of Franklin's work but also a captivating cultural history of Franklin's America."
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Editors Note ?Dray captures the genius and ingenuity of Franklin?s scientific thinking and then does something even more fascinating: He shows how science shaped his diplomacy, politics, and Enlightenment philosophy.??Walter Isaacson, author of Benjamin Franklin: An American LifeToday we think of Benjamin Franklin as a founder of American independence who also dabbled in science. But in Franklin?s day, the era of Enlightenment, long before he was an eminent statesman, he was famous for his revolutionary scientific work. Pulitzer Prize finalist Philip Dray uses the evolution of Franklin?s scientific curiosity and empirical thinking as a metaphor for America?s struggle to establish its fundamental values. He recounts how Franklin unlocked one of the greatest natural mysteries of his day, the seemingly unknowable powers of lightning and electricity. Rich in historical detail and based on numerous primary sources, Stealing God?s Thunder is a fascinating original look at one of our most beloved and complex founding fathers.
Editors Note 1 A detailed portrait of Benjamin Franklin concentrates on his scientific experiments and discoveries and explores the implications of his empirical research and his revolutionary inventions for the evolution of American democracy.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0304
Publisher Random House Trade

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