Pioneers Of Science In America; Sketches Of Their Lives And Scientific Work by William Jay YoumansPioneers Of Science In America; Sketches Of Their Lives And Scientific Work by William Jay Youmans

Pioneers Of Science In America; Sketches Of Their Lives And Scientific Work

byWilliam Jay Youmans

Paperback | January 11, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1896. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... PIONEERS OF SCIENCE IN AMERICA. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN. 1706-1791. No man in the eighteenth century gained a wider fame, or one which has been less modified by the hundred years that have intervened, than Benjamin Franklin. We might be led to believe at first thought that the extraordinary repute into which he rose was relative, and that the world's appreciation of him, and particularly the feeling of his own countrymen, was exaggerated by the surprise that the colonies, then so young and primitive, should have produced so able and versatile a man. But this would be an incorrect view. Franklin's fame was a tribute to his real eminence. The more his life and achievements are studied the more clearly does it appear that Franklin's greatness was of the whole world and would have been as prominent in any age; and that in any group of leaders of progress, from whatever time or nation they might be selected, he would find his place near the head. Franklin's history is so universally familiar that more than a mere reference in this sketch to such of the personal and political events of his life as constitute the staple of most of the biographies of him would be superfluous. Giving the briefest summary of the principal dates, our account will be devoted to that part of his work which contributed to the advancement of science. Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston, January 17, 1706, "the youngest son of the youngest son for five generations," the fifteenth child of his father and the eighth of his mother, who was a second wife, out of a family of seventeen. His father was a Nonconformist emigrant from England, out of an honourable family of the working class, " a man of strength and prudence of character." His mother was the daughter of Peter Folger, author of a volume of poem...
Title:Pioneers Of Science In America; Sketches Of Their Lives And Scientific WorkFormat:PaperbackDimensions:184 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.39 inPublished:January 11, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217531466

ISBN - 13:9780217531467

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