A Dangerous Engine

A Dangerous Engine

Benjamin Franklin, From Scientist to Diplomat

Book - 2006
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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.
Publisher: New York : Frances Foster Books, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374306694
0374306699
Branch Call Number: j BIOGRAPHY 973.3 FRANKLIN 2006
Characteristics: 246 .p. : 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Petričić, Dušan - Illustrator

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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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LMcShaneCLE Apr 11, 2016

Who knew? Benjamin Franklin was a real rogue. Raised his son born out-of-wedlock and helped start the Library of Congress. http://www.ushistory.org/franklin/philadelphia/library.htm

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