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Gutenberg

Gutenberg

Jan 7, 2013

LIVED FROM 1400-1468 While Joan of Arc was busy rescuing France from the English, another wonderful worker was busy in Germany. This was John Gutenberg, who was born in Mainz. The Germans — and most other people — think that he was the inventor of the art of printing with movable types. And so in the cities of Dresden and Mainz his countrymen have put up...

Ben Franklin’s Kite

Ben Franklin’s Kite

Jun 15, 2012

Although the exact date isn’t known, it is traditionally held that on June 15, 1752 Ben Franklin successfully demonstrated that lightning is an electric phenomenon. Mr. Franklin described the legendary kite experiment in his own words in a letter to Peter Collinson written in October 1752: Ben Franklin’s letter describing the kite experiment:...