Though we most often think of Jefferson as president and statesman, he is also recognized, in the words of the late Dumas Malone, "as an American pioneer in numerous branches of science, notably paleontology, ethnology, geography, and botany." In this fascinating book, Silvio Bedini, the acknowledged authority on Jefferson's "supreme delight" in the sciences, explores his wide-ranging mathematical...
Series: Monticello Monograph Series, Distributed by Unc Press for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation
Paperback: 136 pages
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press (October 28, 2002)
Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 10 inches
Amazon Rank: 2333576
Format: PDF ePub fb2 djvu book
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Thomas Jefferson is a very revered and well known figure in American history. The book Jefferson and Science further this idea by elaborating on the side of Jefferson many readers will not be aware of. The style of writing and the authority with whic...
ific pursuits. Taught surveying by his map-making father, Jefferson developed an interest in measurement and observation at an early age. He was captivated not only by the topography around him, but also by the stars and planets in the heavens above and by the minerals, fossils, artifacts, and plants in the soil below. Known internationally as a man of learning and as the long-serving president of the American Philosophical Society, Jefferson read widely, corresponded with other science enthusiasts worldwide, promoted scientific exploration--most notably, the Lewis and Clark expedition--and performed his own diverse experiments.Painting a broad picture of Jefferson as scientist, this book offers a captivating new look at one of America's great Renaissance men.