SCOVILLE LIBRARY SPEAKER SERIES: Tom Shachtman - "Gentlemen Scientists and Revolutionaries"

Event date: 
Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 4:00pm
Event address: 
38 Main Street
06068 Salisbury

This event will take place at Scoville Memorial Library, 38 Main Street, Salisbury, CT06068 - (860) 435-2838

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Tom Shachtman's new book Gentlemen Scientists and Revolutionaries: The Founding Fathers in the Age of Enlightenment shows us how science and experimentation were at the heart of the Founding Fathers’ philosophies and actions. The Founders relentlessly tinkered, invented, farmed by means of scientific principles, star-gazed, were fascinated by math, used scientific analogies and scientific thinking in their political writing, and fell in love with technologies. They conceived of the United States of America as a grand “experiment” in the scientific meaning of the word. George Washington’s embrace of an experimental vaccination for smallpox saved the American army in 1777. He was also considered the most scientific farmer in the country. John Adams founded a scientific society and wrote public support of science into the Massachusetts constitution. The president of another scientific society, Thomas Jefferson, convinced its leading lights to train Meriwether Lewis for the Lewis and Clark expedition; his Declaration of Independence was so suffused with scientific thinking that it was called Newtonian.

Tom Shachtman has written or co-authored more than thirty books, as well as documentaries for ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, and BBC, and has taught at New York University and lectured at Harvard, Stanford, Georgia Tech, and the Library of Congress.

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