The Resource Stealing God's thunder : Benjamin Franklin's lightning rod and the invention of America, Philip Dray

Stealing God's thunder : Benjamin Franklin's lightning rod and the invention of America, Philip Dray

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Stealing God's thunder : Benjamin Franklin's lightning rod and the invention of America
Title
Stealing God's thunder
Title remainder
Benjamin Franklin's lightning rod and the invention of America
Statement of responsibility
Philip Dray
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A biography of Benjamin Franklin viewed through the lens of his scientific inquiry and its ramifications for American democracy. Today we think of Franklin as a founder of American independence who also dabbled in science. But in Franklin's day it was otherwise--long before he was an eminent statesman, he was famous for his revolutionary scientific work, especially his experiments with lightning and electricity. Pulitzer Prize finalist Dray uses the evolution of Franklin's scientific curiosity and empirical thinking as a metaphor for America's struggle to establish its fundamental values. Set against the backdrop of the Enlightenment and America's pursuit of political equality for all, the book recounts how Franklin unlocked one of the greatest natural mysteries of his day.--From publisher description
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Dray, Philip
Dewey number
  • 973.3/092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E302.6.F8
LC item number
D69 2005
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Franklin, Benjamin
  • Franklin, Benjamin
  • Electricity
  • Lightning
  • Statesmen
  • Physicists
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Stealing God's thunder : Benjamin Franklin's lightning rod and the invention of America, Philip Dray
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [229]-239) and index
Contents
"Cotton Mather, dam you, with a pox to you!" -- Made at Philadelphia -- A subject of serene contemplation -- The mighty hand of God -- Electric ambassador -- The science of freedom
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xviii, 279 p.
Isbn
9781400060320
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2004051349
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u1800256-01umb_inst
  • 1533836
  • (OCoLC)56420374
Label
Stealing God's thunder : Benjamin Franklin's lightning rod and the invention of America, Philip Dray
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [229]-239) and index
Contents
"Cotton Mather, dam you, with a pox to you!" -- Made at Philadelphia -- A subject of serene contemplation -- The mighty hand of God -- Electric ambassador -- The science of freedom
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xviii, 279 p.
Isbn
9781400060320
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2004051349
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u1800256-01umb_inst
  • 1533836
  • (OCoLC)56420374

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