By Philip Dray

ISBN-10: 1588364615

ISBN-13: 9781588364616

"We omit, dwelling during this period of seriously patented learn and heavily guarded effects, how splendidly interesting the clinical global was. In Stealing God's Thunder, the tale of Benjamin Franklin's invention of the lightening rod and the ensuing outcomes, that experience of ask yourself and pleasure or even worry comes fantastically to lifestyles. Philip Dray does a outstanding task of illuminating the ever-fascinating Franklin and, greater than that, the best way that he, and his invention, helped create the hot medical world."
--Deborah Blum, writer of affection at Goon Park: Harry Harlow and the technological know-how of Affection

Stealing God's Thunder is a concise, richly specified biography of Benjamin Franklin seen during the lens of his clinical inquiry and its ramifications for American democracy. at the present time we expect of Benjamin Franklin as a founding father of American independence who additionally dabbled in technology. yet in Franklin's day it was once in a different way. lengthy ahead of he was once an eminent statesman, he was once well-known for his innovative medical paintings, specially his experiments with lightning and electricity.

Pulitzer Prize finalist Philip Dray makes use of the evolution of Franklin's clinical interest and empirical pondering as a metaphor for America's fight to set up its basic values. Set opposed to the backdrop of the Enlightenment and America's pursuit of political equality for all, Stealing God's Thunder recounts how Franklin unlocked one of many maximum average mysteries of his day, the likely unknowable powers of electrical energy and lightning. wealthy in old element and according to quite a few basic assets, Stealing God's Thunder is an engaging unique examine one in all our such a lot loved and complicated founding fathers.

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We must credit Stuart Gordon for bringing up-to-date HPL's themes; in Re-Animator (1985) he shows a cool and cynical scientist perpetrating Frankenstein ian and necrophilic atrocities playing the part of Herbert West in a Miskatonic Uni versity o f today. Re-Animator with its macabre sense of humour and scenes of abnormal sex,among which we remember that featuring a headless body holding its own head in his hands and trying to touch a naked and trembling Barbara Crampton lying on an examination couch, ranks among the masterpieces o f the horror cinema.

Atmosphere, meuent Re-Animator parmi les chefsd'reuvre du cinema de l'horreur. Avec le mcme impact v isuel, Gordon crec dans From Beyond (1986) un personnage extraordinaire de savant fou, Pretorius l e sadien, qui, avec son apparei l rcvclant lcs entitcs entre les differentes dimensions, cherche ce que Lovecm ft n'osa pas reveler: le plaisir supreme donne par Ia fusion avec les etrcs de Ia quatrieme dimension. Lcs images transgressi ves, Ia scene inoubliable dans laquclle Barbara Crampton porte le corset en cuir et le porte-jarretelles des ma1tresses-victimes du savan t, caressant les courroies et lcs chaines dans Ia chambre des plaisirs de Pretorius, lcs effets speciaux gore et les vi sual isations des monstruositcs cvoquecs par l'appareil ainsi que des citations liuerales du rec it d'HPL, font de ce film un authentique cult movie qui honorc Lovecraftjustement au moment ou il en dcveloppe les themes caract6ristiques etles depasse.

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