By Charles Tanford
Initially released through Duke collage Press in 1989, and awarded the following with a brand new preface. Tanford (physiology, Duke U.) exhibits how technology got here to view the mobile via a variety of levels, beginning with the actual idea that oil and water do not combine. He describes some of the those that labored to discover the buildings priceless for cells to stay cells, and to determine their homes. now not totally biography and in addition now not fullyyt body structure, this article combines the 2 to explain the clinical lifestyles from the eighteenth century to the Nineteen Seventies.
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Franklin had rigorously studied the science of his day, had read all B F the scientific writings he could obtain. He had read Newton’s Opticks, the works of Robert Boyle, of Stephen Hales, and of experimental philosophers from the European Continent. He was helped by a stream of correspondence from Peter Collinson in London, who wrote regularly to the Library Company, to communicate everything new that had been reported at meetings of the Royal Society, of which Collinson was an active Fellow.
He was President of the Royal Society from 1772 to 1778, which period includes the year of publication of Franklin’s letter about oil on water. In spite of the difference in social background, Pringle was clearly one of Franklin’s closest friends. They traveled together to the Continent in 1766. Pringle was with Franklin at Derwent Water when the spreading experiment was repeated there (the occasion that the Reverend Mr. Farish heard about) in 1772. Pringle and Franklin were together in London in their encounters with Boswell in 1768 and 1769, as mentioned earlier.
Joseph Priestley (1733–1804). Joseph Priestley, the discoverer of oxygen, was a dominant scientific personality in his time and remains today a key figure in science history. He was probably Ben Franklin’s closest associate at the end of his stay in London, when negotiations with the government had broken down. Priestley stood at Franklin’s side during the infamous “Cockpit” proceedings of the Privy Council and breakfasted with Franklin at Craven Street the following morning. A year later, Franklin spent his last day in London alone with Priestley before embarking for Philadelphia, and even shed tears in his presence for the era that had ended.
Ben Franklin Stilled the Waves: An Informal History Pouring Oil on Water with Reflections on the Ups and Downs of Scientific Life in General by Charles Tanford