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Author Dray, Philip.

Title Stealing God's thunder : Benjamin Franklin's lightning rod and the invention of America / Philip Dray.

Imprint New York : Random House, c2005.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  973.3 F854Bdr 2005    ---  Available
 Pittsburg 2nd Fl Biography  BIO Franklin    ---  Available
Edition 1st ed.
Description xviii, 279 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Source ILDP 6/2006 PPL
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [229]-239) and index.
Contents "Cotton Mather, dam you, with a pox to you!" -- Made at Philadelphia -- A subject of serene contemplation -- The mighty hand of God -- Electric ambassador -- The science of freedom.
Summary Pulitzer Prize finalist Dray uses the evolution of Franklin's scientific curiosity and empirical thinking as a metaphor for America's struggle to establish its fundamental values. Set against the backdrop of the Enlightenment and America's pursuit of political equality for all, the book recounts how Franklin unlocked one of the greatest natural mysteries of his day.--From publisher description.
Subject Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790 -- Knowledge -- Physics.
Electricity -- Experiments -- History -- 18th century.
Lightning -- Experiments -- History -- 18th century.
Statesmen -- United States -- Biography.
Physicists -- United States -- Biography.
ISBN 140006032X (alk. paper)
Standard No. 9781400060320 (hardcover : alk. paper) 52595
NLGGC 267700040

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