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Experiments and Observations on Electricity

Experiments and Observations on Electricity
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  • Date Published: November 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108080163

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  • The political legacy of Benjamin Franklin (1706–90) has tended to overshadow his inventions and scientific discoveries, but this work, of which the 1769 enlarged fourth edition is reissued here, gathers together published and unpublished letters which demonstrate the range of his interests. A large number (many addressed to his friend, the English botanist Peter Collinson) are about experiments with electricity, but (as the subtitle, 'to which are added letters and papers on philosophical subjects', makes clear) others discuss the setting of words to music, the warming of water by pumping, and how the speed of a boat varies with the depth of the water it moves through. The letters (and some replies) show a lively transatlantic group of scientific friends and colleagues describing their experiments, interpreting each others' results, and theorizing on all aspects of the natural world. Franklin's three-volume autobiography is also reissued in the Cambridge Library Collection.

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    • Date Published: November 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108080163
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 38 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • contains: 7 b/w illus. 6 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Advertisement concerning this fourth edition
    Preface to the first edition
    Letters I-V
    Additional papers, 1749
    Letters VI-XIII
    Remarks on the Abbe Nollet's letters on electricity, by Mr David Colden of New-York
    Electrical experiments together with some observations on thunder-clouds, in further confirmation of Mr Franklin's observations on the positive and negative electrical state of the clouds, by John Canton, M.A. and F.R.S.
    Electrical and other philosophical papers and letters
    Letters XIV-XXIII
    Accounts of water-spouts
    An account of the new-invented Pensylvanian fire-places
    Letters XXIV-LXI
    Index.

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    Benjamin Franklin

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