Saturday, 18 January 2014

The Real Book about Benjamin Franklin, by Sam and Beryl Epstein

We just finished this book as part of our electricity study -  it was an awesome read!

Not only was it a lesson in perseverance, it also well described the times in which Benjamin Franklin lived, including the various professions he held, his perspective on the Revolutionary War and his mission to France.
It also showed in great detail his experiments with electricity, a subject new to the world in those days. Thus the book introduced us to the Leyden jar (an apparatus for storing that mysterious power) which Franklin eagerly explored, but especially intriguing was the fact that it was he who first used words like 'battery', 'electrify', 'charge', and more -  because he didn't have any scientific names to work with for the things he was busily inventing!

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