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The Society for Useful Knowledge : how Benjamin Franklin and friends brought the Enlightenment to America, Jonathan Lyons

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The Society for Useful Knowledge : how Benjamin Franklin and friends brought the Enlightenment to America
Title
The Society for Useful Knowledge
Title remainder
how Benjamin Franklin and friends brought the Enlightenment to America
Statement of responsibility
Jonathan Lyons
Title variation
How Benjamin Franklin and friends brought the Enlightenment to America
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The young Benjamin Franklin sought his fortune on a trip to England, but instead discovered a world of intellectual ferment in the coffeehouses and salons of London. He brought home to Philadelphia the intense hunger for knowledge that buzzed in a Europe where Newton, Bacon and Galileo had made epochal discoveries. With the "first Drudgery" of settling the American colonies now behind them, Franklin announced in 1743, it was high time that the colonists set about improving the lot of humankind through collaborative inquiry. Franklin and a network of kindred American innovators plunged into the task of creating and sharing "useful knowledge." They started a raft of clubs, journals, and scholarly societies, many still thriving today, to harness man's intellectual and creative powers for the common good. And as these New World thinkers began to make their own discoveries about the natural world, new conceptions of the political order were not far behind.--From publisher description
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 973.3
  • 973.2/6
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E162
LC item number
.L96 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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The Society for Useful Knowledge : how Benjamin Franklin and friends brought the Enlightenment to America, Jonathan Lyons
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-207) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The age of Franklin -- Breaking the chain -- The leather apron men -- Useful knowledge -- Sense and sensibility -- Dead and useless languages -- Knowledge and rebellion -- The mechanics of revolution -- Epilogue : manufacturing America
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
xiv, 220 pages
Isbn
9781608195534
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2012051556
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)825049147
  • 601236
  • (OCoLC)ocn825049147
  • 601236
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The Society for Useful Knowledge : how Benjamin Franklin and friends brought the Enlightenment to America, Jonathan Lyons
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-207) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The age of Franklin -- Breaking the chain -- The leather apron men -- Useful knowledge -- Sense and sensibility -- Dead and useless languages -- Knowledge and rebellion -- The mechanics of revolution -- Epilogue : manufacturing America
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
xiv, 220 pages
Isbn
9781608195534
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2012051556
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)825049147
  • 601236
  • (OCoLC)ocn825049147
  • 601236

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