An Entertainment for Angels (Icon Science): Electricity in the Enlightenment - Icon Science (Paperback)Patricia Fara (author)
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Benjamin Franklin, better known as one of America's founding fathers, played a key role in developing the new instruments and theories of electricity during the eighteenth century. Celebrated for drawing lightning down from the sky with a kite, Franklin was an Enlightenment expert on electricity, developing one of the most successful explanations of this mysterious phenomenon.
But Patricia Fara, Senior Tutor of Clare College Cambridge, reveals how the study of electricity became intertwined with Enlightenment politics. By demonstrating their control of the natural world, Enlightenment philosophers hoped to gain authority over society. And their stunning electrical performances provided dramatic evidence of their special powers.
Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
Number of pages: 192
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
Edition: New edition
'Neat and stylish... Fara's account of Benjamin Franklin's circle of friends and colleagues brings them squabbling, eureka-ing to life.' -- Guardian
'Combines telling anecdote with wise commentary... presents us with numerous tasty and well-presented historical morsels' -- Times Higher Education Supplement