Science and the Founding Fathers: Science in the Political Thought of Jefferson, Franklin, Adams and Madison
America's founding fathers were remarkably well-rounded people, not least in their understanding of science. Thomas Jefferson was the only president who could read and understand Newton's Principia. Benjamin Franklin, in 1775, held international fame in science. John Adams had the finest education in science the new country could provide, including "Pnewmaticks, Hydrostaticks, Mechanicks, Staticks, Opticks". And James Madison, chief architect of the Constitution, peppered his Federalist Papers with reference to physics, chemistry, and the life sciences. For these men science was an integral part of life - including political life. This is the story of their scientific education and of how they employed that knowledge in shaping the political issues of the day, incorporating scientific reasoning into the Constitution. General readers, students of American history, and professional historians alike will profit from reading this engaging presentation of an aspect of American history conspiculously absent from the usual textbooks and popular presentations of the political thought of this crucial period.
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SCIENCE AND THE FOUNDING FATHERS: Science in the Political Thought of Jefferson, Franklin, Adams, and MadisonBrukerevaluering - Kirkus
A fascinating study of how Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and James Madison applied science to their political thinking. In terms of scientific competence, Cohen (History of Science ... Les hele vurderingen
Review: Science and the Founding Fathers: Science in the Political Thought of Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and James MadisonBrukerevaluering - Kate - Goodreads
I lacked the intellectual wherewithal to finish this, but I found it generally agreeable. Section on Franklin particularly enjoyable. Maybe some other time. Les hele vurderingen
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