Fourth Presidental History Symposium


Benjamin Franklin's Science

E. Philip Krider, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Benjamin Franklin had extraordinary curiosity and a lifelong interest in “natural philosophy” or science because he thought that it was good to understand the laws of nature and that advances in science could lead to significant benefits for humankind. He created and disseminated new knowledge all his life, and he encouraged others to do the same. Franklin made fundamental contributions to meteorology, electricity, medicine, geology, and oceanography, and he invented practical devices ranging from the flexible catheter to bifocal glasses to the lightning rod. Eventually, Franklin's unique reputation as a natural philosopher was of considerable aid to him in the diplomatic and political arenas.wrf recording  Recorded presentation

Session 1, Meteorology: From Ben Franklin to Climate Change
Tuesday, 31 January 2006, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM, A310

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