By Jonathan Lyons
Benjamin Franklin and his contemporaries introduced the Enlightenment to America--an highbrow revolution that laid the root for the political person who undefined. With the "first Drudgery" of settling the yankee colonies now good and actually previous, Franklin introduced in 1743, it was once excessive time that the colonists set approximately bettering the lot of humankind via collaborative inquiry. From Franklin's notion emerged the yankee Philosophical Society, an organization hosted in Philadelphia and devoted to the harnessing of man's highbrow and artistic powers for the typical sturdy. The animus at the back of the Society was once and is a disarmingly easy one-that the worth of information is at once proportional to its application. this easy notion has left a profound mark on American society and tradition and at the very notion of the United States itself-and via the US, at the international as a whole.
From celebrated historian of data Jonathan Lyons comes The Society for important Knowledge, telling the tale of America's coming-of-age via its historical love affair with useful invention, utilized technology, and self-reliance. providing clean, unique snap shots of figures like Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Rush, and the inimitable, ceaselessly artistic Franklin, Lyons offers us important new point of view at the American founding. He illustrates how the flow for worthy wisdom is essential to figuring out the move of yankee society and tradition from colonial occasions to our electronic present.
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