Franklin's Scientific Style
Benjamin Franklin was one of the best known early Americans. Students study him at school as one of The United States founding fathers, yet his scientific work, which was fundamental and effective, is still not adequately understood or studied in school.
Science was Franklin's primary concern for only six years of his life, but it remained a fundamental part of his later associations and activities. His scientific philosophy shaped the way he thought and acted.
He was deeply influenced by Isaac Newton. Biographers who study Franklin believe he may have learned of Newton's work when he first visited England. Franklin not only followed the Principia, Newton's most celebrated publication, but his Optics, which was available in English.
Benjamin Franklin was truly a remarkable individual. He was able to use newly discovered knowledge in science and put it to use for the good of mankind. His scientific ideas and way of thinking added to his reputation and effectiveness in other fields.