Benjamin Franklin And His Contemporaries Brought The Enlightenment To America An Intellectual Revolution That Laid The Foundation For The Political One That Followed With The First Drudgery Of Settling The American Colonies Now Well And Truly Past, Franklin Announced In , It Was High Time That The Colonists Set About Improving The Lot Of Humankind Through Collaborative Inquiry From Franklin S Idea Emerged The American Philosophical Society, An Association Hosted In Philadelphia And Dedicated To The Harnessing Of Man S Intellectual And Creative Powers For The Common Good The Animus Behind The Society Was And Is A Disarmingly Simple One That The Value Of Knowledge Is Directly Proportional To Its Utility This Straightforward Idea Has Left A Profound Mark On American Society And Culture And On The Very Idea Of America Itself And Through America, On The World As A WholeFrom Celebrated Historian Of Knowledge Jonathan Lyons Comes The Society For Useful Knowledge, Telling The Story Of America S Coming Of Age Through Its Historic Love Affair With Practical Invention, Applied Science, And Self Reliance Offering Fresh, Original Portraits Of Figures Like Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Rush, And The Inimitable, Endlessly Inventive Franklin, Lyons Gives Us Vital New Perspective On The American Founding He Illustrates How The Movement For Useful Knowledge Is Key To Understanding The Flow Of American Society And Culture From Colonial Times To Our Digital Present
Jonathan Lyons spent twenty years as a foreign correspondent and editor for Reuters, much of it in the Islamic world He holds a Ph.D in sociology from Monash University and lives in Portland, Oregon His publications include The House of Wisdom How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization and with Geneive Abdo Answering Only to God Faith and Freedom in Twenty First Century Iran.
- 220 pages
- The Society for Useful Knowledge
- Jonathan Lyons
- 09 September 2019 Jonathan Lyons