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Draw the Lightning Down: Benjamin Franklin and Electrical Technology in the Age of Enlightenment

Michael Brian Schiffer

Abstract

Most of us have heard that Benjamin Franklin conducted some kind of electrical experiment with a kite. What few of us realize is that he played a major role in laying the foundations of modern electrical science and technology. This book, rich with historical details and anecdotes, brings to life Franklin, the large international network of scientists and inventors in which he played a key role, and their inventions. We learn what these early electrical devices—from lights and motors to musical and medical instruments—looked like, how they worked, and what their utilitarian and symbolic meanin ... More

Keywords: Benjamin Franklin, electrical technology, Age of Enlightenment, scientists, inventors, inventions, electrical devices, lightning rods

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780520238022
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520238022.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Brian Schiffer, author