Modern Marvels

Season 13 Episode 16

Ben Franklin Tech

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM May 25, 2006 on The History Channel
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Ben Franklin Tech
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One of the most prodigious American inventors, Ben Franklin is credited for creating things like the lightning rod, the armonica, the Franklin stove, bifocal glasses, and the flexible urinary catheter. In this episode of Modern Marvels, we examine how Dr. Franklin's inventive genius extended to things like Daylight Savings Time and the voluntary fire department.moreless
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      • Between 1728 and 1764, Franklin's hand-operated press printed about two and half million bank notes for Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey.

      • In 1968 Benjamin Franklin was elected to the International Swimming Hall of Fame for devising paddles and flippers and promoting the health benefits of swimming.

      • In 1786, the year before he participated in drafting the Constitution, 80 year old Ben Franklin published a paper on the nine causes of smoky fireplaces and a cure for each of them.

      • Tchaikovsky's "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" was originally composed for the glass armonica.

      • Franklin refused to patent his lightning rod or his other inventions, saying: "As we enjoy great advantages from the inventions of others, we shoul be glad of an opportunity to serve others by an invention of ours."

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: He tamed lightning and built the world's first battery. He created an instrument that inspired Mozart. Currency that foiled counterfeiters and a stove the fought off the coldest winters. This Founding Father was his eras greatest scientists and an inventor whose vision still shines today. Now, Ben Franklin Tech on Modern Marvels.

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      • Originally broadcast as part of Modern Marvel Great Inventions Week

      • Philip Dray
        Author, Stealing God's Thunder

        Walter Isaacson
        Author, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

        Derrick Pitts
        Chief Astronomer, Franklin Institute

        Marshall Brain
        Founder, How Stuff Works

        E. Philip Krider, PhD
        Atmospheric Sciences, University of Arizona

        Cory Amster
        Vice President for Collections, Mercer Museum

        Seymour Block, PhD
        Author: Benjamin Franklin: His Wit, Wisdom & Women

        Page Talbott, PhD
        Associate Director, Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary

        Stuart A. Green, MD
        Clinical Professor, University of California Irvine

        William Zeitler
        Glass Armonica Player

        Karl Schaffenburg
        Ranger, Independence National Historical Park

        James Green
        Librarian, Library Company of Philadelphia

        Roy E. Goodman
        Curator, American Philosophical Society

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