Science and the Founding Fathers: Science in the Political Thought of Jefferson, Franklin, Adams and Madison

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1995 - 368 sider
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 Madison

Brukerevaluering  - 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 Madison

Brukerevaluering  - 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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Preface
11
Science and American History
19
A Scientist in the World of Public Affairs
135
Some Aspects of the Thought and Career
196
Science and the Constitution
237
Supplements
281
WOODROW WILSON ON THE CONSTITUTION NEWTONIAN
308
Notes
315
Acknowledgments
351
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Born in Far Rockaway, New York, I. Bernard Cohen earned degrees from Harvard University. He holds the distinction of being the first person in the United States to earn a Ph.D. in the history of science. Later, Cohen established the History of Science Department at Harvard. Cohen has received many fellowships and has won the George Sarton Medal, awarded by the History of Science Society. Cohen is an author and editor, known for his books about Sir Isaac Newton and Benjamin Franklin.

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