Speaking of Science: Benjamin Franklin, Scientist

Monday, March 27, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study - Room 514
Suggested donation: Members $5, Guests $10

With Joel Kirman

Benjamin Franklin received two years of schooling before thrusting himself onto the world, first as an apprentice printer. In the course of his lifetime, renowed public-spirited citizen Benjamin Franklin was also an editor, publisher, postmaster, activist, author, governor, politician, diplomat, founder and participant in the American Philosophical Society, noted scientist, and inventor. At age 40, Franklin began his experiments in electricity. This talk will cover the background of the knowledge of electricity in his day, the experiments that he performed, and the conclusions that he reached.

Joel Kirman has a strong interest in both the history of science and invention. He taught a course in the History of Invention at the New School for several years. A retired chemical process engineer, Kirman has been active with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the New York Academy of Sciences.