By Charles Tanford
Benjamin Franklin was once the 1st to record the phenomenon of oil's energy to nonetheless afflicted waters and to invest on why it occurred. A century later Lord Rayleigh played an analogous test. Irving Langmuir did it with minor adaptations in 1917, and gained a Nobel Prize for it. Then Langmuir's paintings was once by means of a Dutch pediatrician's in 1925. p every one experimenter observed a bit extra within the consequence than his predecessor had obvious, and the sciences of physics, chemistry and biology have all been illuminated by means of the paintings. p Charles Tanford displays at the evolving nature of technology and of person scientists. Recounting recommendations in each one trial, he follows the vintage scan from Franklin's drawing room to our present-day institutionalized medical institutions and speculates at the resulting alterations in our method of medical inquiry.
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Was it Whately before he died? A witch-hunt was in progress, a man called John Temple was wrongly accused, and a duel took place between Temple and Whately’s brother William. Franklin was alarmed and wrote an open letter to the newspaper Public Advertiser, declaring that he alone was responsible for sending the letters, giving his logical reasons for doing so, but not revealing who gave the letters to him. The Massachusetts petition for removal of Hutchinson and Oliver was now brought before the Privy Council with dispatch, in January 1774.
Some of us smoke a pipe, conversation goes on pretty formally, sometimes sensibly, and sometimes furiously. At nine there is a sideboard with Welsh rabbits, apple puffs, porter and beer. F I Our reckoning is about 18 pence a head. Much was said this night against Parliament. Since Boswell was a staunch Tory and is not noted for original contributions to philosophical thought, he would appear to be out of his element at the Club of Honest Whigs, the conversation usually well over his head, unless they were polite when he was there and talked only about Corsica, which is unlikely.
Boswell was history’s most literary hedonist, Samuel Johnson’s biographer and traveling companion, and, above all, a passionate cultivator of every celebrity of the day, a source of accurate descriptions and biting comments about dress and speech and attitudes. He mentions “Dr. Franklin”––always thus, without first name––several times. He had Franklin to dinner with Sir John Pringle in May 1768. He found Franklin playing chess with Pringle when he visited the latter in September 1769. “Sir John, though a most worthy man,” he wrote, “has a peculiar, sour manner.