Ingenious Dr. Franklin: Selected Scientific Letters of Benjamin Franklin (Pennsylvania Paperbacks) (Paperback)

Ingenious Dr. Franklin: Selected Scientific Letters of Benjamin Franklin (Pennsylvania Paperbacks) By Nathan G. Goodman (Editor) Cover Image
By Nathan G. Goodman (Editor)
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An outstanding collection of Benjamin Franklin's scientific correspondence, The Ingenious Dr. Franklin 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.

About the Author


Nathan G. Goodman is the author of Benjamin Rush, Physician and Citizen, 1746-1813, also published by the University of Pennsylvania Press.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780812210675
ISBN-10: 0812210670
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Publication Date: October 1st, 1974
Pages: 256
Language: English
Series: Pennsylvania Paperbacks