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A Dangerous Engine

Benjamin Franklin, From Scientist to Diplomat
Dash, Joan (Book - 2006 )
A Dangerous Engine
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At the time of his famous kite experiment, Benjamin Franklin was unaware that his theories about electricity had already made him a celebrity all over Europe, especially in France, where fashionable circles loved to discuss scientific discovery. Admired by the French court and beloved by French citizens, Franklin effectively became America's first foreign diplomat, later helping to enlist France's military and financial support for the American Revolution. A father of the revolution and a signer of the Constitution, Franklin was a lightning rod in political circles - "a dangerous Engine," according to a critic. And although he devoted the last twenty-five years of his life to affairs of state, his first love was always science. Handsome pen-and-ink drawings highlight moments in this revolutionary thinker's life.
Authors: Dash, Joan
Title: A dangerous engine
Benjamin Franklin, from scientist to diplomat
Publisher: New York : Frances Foster Books, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 246 .p. :,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Joan Dash ; pictures by Dušan Petričić
Summary: At the time of his famous kite experiment, Benjamin Franklin was unaware that his theories about electricity had already made him a celebrity all over Europe, especially in France, where fashionable circles loved to discuss scientific discovery. Admired by the French court and beloved by French citizens, Franklin effectively became America's first foreign diplomat, later helping to enlist France's military and financial support for the American Revolution. A father of the revolution and a signer of the Constitution, Franklin was a lightning rod in political circles - "a dangerous Engine," according to a critic. And although he devoted the last twenty-five years of his life to affairs of state, his first love was always science. Handsome pen-and-ink drawings highlight moments in this revolutionary thinker's life.
Additional Contributors: Petričić, Dušan
ISBN: 9780374306694
0374306699
Branch Call Number: j B-F831da 2006
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references
Subject Headings: United States Foreign relations 1775-1783 Juvenile literature Printers United States Biography Juvenile literature Inventors United States Biography Juvenile literature Scientists United States Biography Juvenile literature Statesmen United States Biography Juvenile literature Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790 Juvenile literature
Topical Term: Printers
Inventors
Scientists
Statesmen
LCCN: 2004063204
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A father of the revolution and a signer of the Constitution, Franklin was a lightning rod in political circles - "a dangerous Engine," according to a critic. And although he devoted the last twenty-five years of his life to affairs of state, his first love was always science.


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