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  •  I read about strengthening your table. (1+ / 0-)
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    It's good you have Tonia to look after you, and vice versa.

    It's not so hard to be happy when you're eight, and haven't learned yet to worry too much. But what went Boom for me about Florence wasn't that the Italians were happier, just that they lived in a richer sensual environment. And I like change and adventure. You probably already got that from the diary.

    I went to Copenhagen one summer, long ago, and it was pretty magical too - and very nice people.

    So I checked The Discoverers & The Creators. They each mention both Einstein and Franklin several times. But the only chunk (eight pages) is on Franklin, in The Creators - because of his autobiography.

    Franklin never finished high-school; he went to work, I think, printing with his brother. So when he got to flying a kite in a storm, he had no book-knowledge of Physics. But for a couple of years he was tinkering, and he made these impressive discoveries about electricity. So all these Europeans, who marveled at what he'd done, sent him physics text-books, to help him out.

    Within a couple of years Franklin caught up with established physics. He no longer had to figure it out for himself. He made no more discoveries after that.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 08:34:52 PM PST

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    •  Thank you. I have a copy of Franklin's (2+ / 0-)
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      and a biography of him written recently,
      The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin.

      I've only read snippets of either one,
      but from the little I've read,
      I gather that he was the equivalent,
      in his day,
      of a respected scientist,
      (although what you just told me puts a different angle on that)
      and a modern billionaire.

      As I understand,
      he owned a paper mill and a printing press,
      when the printed word was the most advanced media around.

      As I understand,
      he persuaded the British colonial government
      to use paper money,
      as the Chinese had done long before.

      I'm supposing he got the contract to print the money.

      I read somewhere that he was also the innovator
      responsible for the free standing 'Franklin' stove,
      of course,
      and the whole idea of having
      fire departments,
      and police departments,
      and fire insurance for homes.

      And daylight savings time.

      It makes sense that his picture is on the one hundred dollar bill,
      the most popular currency in the world.

      (Folks around the world use American hundreds when dealing in
      illegal drugs, guns and sex slaves, so I've heard.)

      Fascinating character.

      I wish I could have as much influence on the world,

      But he was a big fish in a little pond,
      since all human civilization was a little pond,
      in the seventeen hundreds.

      Seems to me.

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