Benjamin Franklin’s idea of the Franklin stove became popular because he attached a long pipe, to a big black pot, going up to the roof of he house. This not only helps warm a home, but it also allowed the smoke to go outside other than inside the home to protect the lungs of the people. The stove also cut down the use of wood. The Franklin stove that he created was much more durable than the old style- a small furnace with a pot cooking over it. Franklin did not patent any of his inventions, instead he allowed other people to redesign and sell his basic inventions so they may earn a living.
From a young age, he was extremely smart. His intelligence is shown in his many inventions such as his experiment in electricity. One of Franklins greatest electricity experiment was the kite. The kite was made out of two strips of cedar which reached to the corners of a thin handkerchief. The kite was raised with a tail, loop and a string with a sharp pointed wire, rising a foot above the wood. When thunder clouds come over the kite, the wire will draw electric fire from the kite. Franklin found pleasure in science and wanted to educate his citizens as well as himself on electricity Another great invention that Franklin created was the lightening rod. The lightening rod was a small rod, about three to four feet which stuck out of the ground and the other side was about six to eight feet, which would be placed on the highest part of the building. When the lightening hit the rod, it would be conducted to the ground through the wire which would prevent a fire and create electricity. Through these inventions, it is shown how Benjamin Franklin proved his greatness by tampering with electricity which can be a very difficult thing to
However, as noted by Zeon Santos, on his article “Ten of the Most Outrageous Things Benjamin Franklin Ever Did,” Benjamin Franklin “was a thinker, a drinker, and a real stinker if you got on his bad side.” He is one of America’s most fascinating historical figures because he led a very colorful life; much of which is left out of the American history books. Overall, Ben Franklin was a brilliant man who had hundreds of inventions, including bifocals, the rocking chair, and the Franklin stove. However, there are three lesser-known qualities about Ben Franklin that aren’t so pleasant. These unflattering facts about Ben Franklin include slave owner, his loose lips when discussing important matters, and lack of respect for his
The famous Kite and Key experiment was conducted in 1752. Some of Mr. Franklin’s theories on electricity were published the prior year. Of course, Benjamin Franklin did not invent electricity but he did bring it to light and...
Franklin had steadily extended his own knowledge by study of foreign languages, philosophy, and science. He repeated the experiments of other scientists and showed his usual practical bent by inventing such diverse things as the Franklin stove, bifocal eyeglasses, and a glass harmonica (see harmonica 2). The phenomenon of electricity interested him deeply, and in 1748 he turned his printing business over to his foreman, intending to devote his life to science. His experiment of flying a kite in a thunderstorm, which showed that lightning is an electrical discharge (but which he may not have personally performed), and his invention of the lightning rod were among a series of investigations that won him recognition from the leading scientists in England and on the Continent.
Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson were scientists and politicians, great contributions in both areas. The Fathers Madison and Adams were students taught of Newtonian sciences and scientific methodology approaches to human problems. Their political careers brought the teachings of science to their push for a democratic nation and lead it with science values. However, sometimes due to their brief study of concepts Newton discovered, James and John misinterpret the nature of the science and misuse the laws of nature. Cohen describes the idea that science concepts and politics can have negative transferability. Benjamin Franklin's scientific experiments on electric current were a crowning achievement of the Age of Reason, the Age in which humans could rely on themselves to exist and protect themselves from danger and benefit from the forces. The lightning rod, or "Franklin rod" during the time, became the exemplary product. This became a political debate when deciding whether the shape the rods on top of buildings ought to be pointed or round-balled. Superstition of the councils and political opponents believed that the rods had invoked lightning and was retribution for playing with the forces of nature. Cohen asserts that because of the importance these four individuals placed on the sciences that the constituents were of same respects.
Benjamin franklin. A man full of ideas and has done several different experiments. In 1747 he undertook a series of ingenious experiments that provided him with a thorough understanding of electrical phenomena. He proposed that lightning was the same as electricity, leading to his famous experiment in which lightning was taken from the sky via a kite into a rod, which confirmed that there electricity in nature. (“Benjamin Franklin”) Discovering it does mean theres some sort of impact. Once Franklin had an understanding of the behavior of electricity, he set about to protect houses from the destructive forces of lightning. (IHA) A lightning rod, simply, is a rod attached to the top of a building, connected to the ground through a wire.(IHA) The electric charge from lightning strikes the rod and the charge is conducted harmlessly into the ground. (IHA) This protects houses from burning down and people from electrocution. He proposed that electricity is a single electrical "fluid" (which we now know to be electrons) and he further proposed that the total quantity of this "fluid" is always conserved. (“Benjamin Franklin”) This and other related terminology that Franklin developed form the basis of the terminology that is used today, especially electricity. Although vaccinations can be considered the best invention in the 1800’s, no other discovery had a greater impact than electricity. Vaccinations saved many lives which impacted our world today, but electricity pollutes and destroys our earth today. Electricity is implanted into our society and is used every day because to do certain task, you need it.
He invented gadgets as simple as the log arm, which was simply a wooden pole with a type of “hand” at the end to grasp books on high shelves, to the odometer, which measured the revolutions of the wheel on his carriage so he could calculate the distance between places. He also developed the Franklin Stove, which radiated more heat than traditional fireplaces while using less fuel, producing less smoke, and radiating heat long after the fire went out thanks to its metal-lined walls. He made the first flexible urinary catheter for his brother, who suffered from kidney stones and the first bifocals. He made the bifocal by “spitting” the lens frame into two half-circle shapes. Then he would install lenses for reading on the bottom half and lenses for seeing things that were far away on the top
Ben Franklin invented and discovered interesting things for us. Fradin (2002) in his book “Who was Ben Franklin” stated that “He was a scientist. For one thing, Ben discovered
In The Autobiography, Benjamin Franklin recounts the many paramount experiences throughout his life that shaped him into great American figure he was known to be. On the opening page, Franklin reveals the book’s epistolary format by writing, “Dear Son,” going on to admit that he’s made some mistakes in the past and to recollect that past is a way to relive it. By divulging his desire to “change some sinister Accidents & Events” (Franklin 3) the author indicates how important it is for his son to observe as he amends his mistakes. Pride, virtue and vanity play a pivotal role in Benjamin Franklin’s life and the way he portrays himself to others. Instances occur where the author is shown gloating about his great accomplishments and he puts emphasis on his need to live a virtuous and morally perfect life. Throughout his story, Benjamin Franklin tells his son of his many virtuous acts and momentous achievements, motivating the question as to whether he seeks his own approval more so than the approval of his peers.
In the year of 1752 one of the world's greatest inventions was founded by a man we well know as Benjamin Franklin. This inventor created many important objects that we use in our daily lives today. One of his most popular inventions was electricity. Although he didn't necessarily “invent” electricity he discovered many of its important aspects.
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