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Experiments and Observations on Electricity

Franklin’s Experiments is the most important scientific book produced in colonial America. Along with the many editions of Poor Richard’s Almanac and the posthumously published Autobiography, it is the essential text in which Benjamin Franklin (1706-90) has embodied his legacy, combining an irresistible empiricism with a flair for catchy precept. Here Franklin publishes his legendary experiment of the key, the kite, and the thunderstorm, providing proof clouds are electrified; here too he documents his invention of the lightning rod and analyzes the action of the first electrical condenser, the Leyden jar.

Franklin originated the still-current nomenclature of “plus” and “minus” to distinguish positive and negative charges, and proved the identity of atmospheric and frictional electricity. As one of the more important Founding Fathers of the American nation, Franklin’s direct and forthright expression served as moral example to generations. Franklin in the original edition provides a refreshing view of scientific creativity and the nobility of diligence from a foundational period of the modern scientific and political era.


-Commentary by I. Bernard Cohen, Victor S. Thomas Professor of the History of Science Emeritus, Harvard University
-Searchable live text
-Supplementary essay on foxing
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-Digital images of every page of this rare book, cover to cover, in full color, presented as uncropped spreads
-Print and Thumbnails files for creating printed references
-Adobe Reader 3.0 with Search software
-PDF file on CD-ROM with all of Adobe Reader’s viewing, navigation, and search features
-Octavo Digital Guide and Help files


- Adobe Reader 5.0 or later 
- Windows PC with Pentium processor running Windows 95 or later
- Macintosh Power Mac running OS 9.2, or OS X 10.1 or later. Linux 2.2 kernel on X86 computer
- Color Monitor (15" or larger, capable of displaying millions of colors recommended)
- CD-ROM drive

The original book imaged for this digital edition: 9 x 7 1/4 inches (229 x 184 mm)
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