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

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1997 - 368 Seiten
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Thomas Jefferson was the only president who could read and understand Newton's Principia. Benjamin Franklin is credited with establishing the science of electricity. John Adams had the finest education in science that the new country could provide, including Pnewmaticks, Hydrostaticks, Mechanicks, Staticks, Opticks. James Madison, chief architect of the Constitution, peppered his Federalist Papers with references 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.

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SCIENCE AND THE FOUNDING FATHERS: Science in the Political Thought of Jefferson, Franklin, Adams, and Madison

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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 ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - 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. Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

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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Über den Autor (1997)

I. Bernard Cohen (1914--2003) was Victor S. Thomas Professor, Emeritus, of the History of Science at Harvard University, where he taught from 1942 to 1984. He was the first American to receive the degree of Ph.D. in the History of Science. He was the author of many books, including Science and the Founding Fathers: Science in the Political Thought of Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and James Madison; The Science of Benjamin Franklin; Revolution in Science; The Newtonian Revolution; The Birth of a New Physics; and, with Anne Whitman, Isaac Newtonís Principia: A New Translation of Newtonís Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy. He edited several series of works, including Harvard Monographs in the History of Science, Three Centuries of Science in America, and the ongoing Studies & Texts in the History of Computing. He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Royal Astronomical Society, the British Academy, and the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei.

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