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Jump to navigation. On a June afternoon in , the sky began to darken over the city of Philadelphia. But not Benjamin Franklin. He decided it was the perfect time to go fly a kite.
Experiments and Observations on Electricity is a mid-eighteenth century book consisting of letters from Benjamin Franklin. These letters concerned Franklin's discoveries about the behavior of electricity based on experimentation and scientific studies. The book came in pamphlet form for the first three English editions. The last two editions were in a book volume with hard covers and a book spine. There were eleven European editions of the book: five English editions, three French editions, and a German, Italian and Latin edition. The publication was well received worldwide.
The connection between electricity and lightning was known but not fully understood. By conducting the kite experiment Franklin proved that lighting was an electrical discharge and realized that it can be charged over a conductor into the ground providing a safe alternative path and eliminating the risk of deadly fires. Franklin hypothesized that lightning was an electrical discharge. Before he thought of conducting his experiment by flying a kite, he proposed erecting iron rods into storm clouds to attract electricity from them. He also suggested that the tips of the rods should be pointed instead rounded so that they could draw electrical fire out of a cloud silently. Philadelphia has a flat geography and at the time there were no tall structures, he was anxiously waiting for the construction of Christ Church that was being built on a steeple to conduct his experiment. Franklin wrote his proposal for the iron rod experiment in a letter to Peter Collison who was a member of the Royal Society of London.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, AND Communicated in feveral Letters to Mr. P. Collinson, of London^ F.
In Benjamin Franklin helped draft the Declaration of Independence and soon after set sail for Paris, sent by the Continental Congress to negotiate a treaty with the French. He was already one of the eight foreign associates of the French Academy of Sciences a century would pass before another American got this rare honor. As the "Newton of electricity" whose theories, experiments and lightning rods were known the length of Europe, Franklin was given a respectful hearing. He became perhaps the chief factor in winning the support of the French government and its fleet, support which proved decisive in the War for Independence.
Boston: Printed and Sold by S. Kneeland in Queen-Street. Yale University Library.
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This short essay is not about electricity in the strict sense, but about the context in which Franklin presented some of his work in science and in politics in , and about the way that work was received in Britain.Reply
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