Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The Nine Lives of Benjamin Franklin


Price for Members: Free
Price for Non-Members: $10
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 11th    1:00 – 2:30 p.m.*
*(Please note the time change.)
Instructor: Richard Bell, Ph.D.,  Harvard University, BA, University of Cambridge
Location: ONLINE

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Course Description

Franklin’s genius is a puzzle. Born the tenth and youngest son of a decidedly humble family of Puritan candle-makers in Boston in 1706, Franklin’s rise to the front ranks of science, engineering, and invention was as unexpected as it was meteoric. Here is a man with only two years of proper schooling who later received honorary degrees from Harvard, Yale, Oxford, and St. Andrews as well as the eighteenth-century equivalent of a Nobel Prize for Physics. Like his hero, Isaac Newton, Franklin’s great genius lay in optimizing, in tinkering, in improving, and in never being satisfied with the world as he knew it. Franklin’s experimenter’s instinct, and his relentless drive to build a better world one small piece at a time, will be considered. Hardly the tortured genius, Franklin took a schoolboy’s pleasure in everything he made. Experimenting was a constant source of beauty, pleasure, and amusement for him, even when things went wrong (which they did all the time).  Dr. Bell and OLLI welcome you to this genius of a lecture.

Event Details

Date: 2021-08-11

Start time: 01:00 p.m.

End time: 02:30 p.m.



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