Ben Franklin and the Glass Armonica

It is astonishing the range of the brilliance of Benjamin Franklin.  Perhaps the most charming example of this range is the mechanical Glass Armonica which Franklin invented in 1761.   Genius is a term too often tossed around, but with Franklin his restless intellect, endlessly given to practical innovation, is clearly deserving of the appellation.

Published in: on September 23, 2010 at 5:30 am  Comments (2)  
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  1. Could not agree more! I think we have “sister posts” today,too. Mine is on John Paul Jones’ ship Bonhomme Richard, named in honor of Benjamin Franklin’s “Poor Richard’s Almanac”. Great minds think alike?

  2. Most assuredly Pauline! Perhaps not the least instance of Franklin’s genius was the assistance he gave to the immortal John Paul Jones due to his recognition of Jones’ raw fighting ability.

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