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Ingenious: A Biography of Benjamin Franklin, Scientist (Hardcover)

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The dramatic story of an ingenious man who explained nature and created a country.

Benjamin Franklin was one of the preeminent scientists of his time. Driven by curiosity, he conducted cutting-edge research on electricity, heat, ocean currents, weather patterns, chemical bonds, and plants. But today, Franklin is remembered more for his political prowess and diplomatic achievements than his scientific creativity.

In this incisive and rich account of Benjamin Franklin’s life and career, Richard Munson recovers this vital part of Franklin’s story, reveals his modern relevance, and offers a compelling portrait of a shrewd experimenter, clever innovator, and visionary physicist whose fame opened doors to negotiate French support and funding for American independence.

Munson’s riveting narrative explores how science underpins Franklin’s entire story—from tradesman to inventor to nation-founder—and argues that Franklin’s political life cannot be understood without giving proper credit to his scientific accomplishments.

About the Author

Richard Munson is an author and clean-energy advocate. His previous books include Tesla: Inventor of the Modern.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393882230
ISBN-10: 0393882233
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: November 12th, 2024
Pages: 256
Language: English