Science on Tap: Keith Thomson, “Some Questions to Ask Ben Franklin”

Science on Tap

Date: May 12, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m.

National Mechanics
22 S. Third Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Event Type: Open to the Public
Fee: Free
RSVP Online: No Registration Required

Science on Tap is a monthly science café in Philadelphia for anyone interested in getting together with other people to discuss a range of engaging science topics. It is held the second Monday of (most) every month.

In this month’s talk Keith Thomson discusses Benjamin Franklin’s most famous experiment, which supposedly involved a kite and a key. But what was it for? Did he actually do it? In fact, could he have done it? Alternatively, why are some authors so keen to suggest it is all a fake?

About the Speaker

Keith Thomson is executive officer of the American Philosophical Society and professor emeritus of natural history at the University of Oxford. He previously taught for many years at Yale University and was president of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. He is the author of 12 books, including The Young Charles Darwin (2009) and Jefferson’s Shadow: The Story of His Science (2012). 

Presented by the American Philosophical Society Museum.

Open to the public (age 21+ or accompanied by chaperone 25 years or older).

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