This category is for questions about the multi-talented Benjamin Franklin, who managed to be a scientist, politician, and just about everything in-between.
What would happen if there was no electricity?
There are two ways of looking at the question, "What would happen if there was no electricity". First.... What if electricity didn't exist? Well, the universe literally would not exist as we know it, because electricity is streams of electrons, and without electrons, compounds (and thus most matter) wouldn't exist. If electricity (electromagnetism) did not exist the universe would not exist, since EM forces are an integral component of the (commonly accepted) standard model. Second... What if humans didn't know how to use electricity? We didn't know how to use it for most of our history, so I imagine we'd revert to a mid-1800's society, where machines were steam powered and we had to read for personal entertainment. We wouldn't be able to watch TV, go on the computer, talk on the phone. We'd have to play games outside, and use our imaginations more, like they did in historical times. Parents wouldn't be able to punish by taking away computers or cell phones because neither would run anyway. Imagine cold showers or baths; no microwave; no cold drinks in summer; even worse no air conditioning and no cars (Cars need electricity to run the fuel ignition system.) One could heat water on the stove (probably a wood stove, hot, sweaty, and smokey, why many old kitchens were walled off from the rest of the house). But, you didn't prohibit using Natural Gas for Hot water, or for the stove. One can even run an absorption refrigerator on Natural Gas or Propane, or anything that would run a compressor could run a freon based refrigerator. With a little imagination one could use a solar hot water heater too. Transport would be steam-driven, animal-driven or human-powered. You'd have a bicycle, a horse-drawn carriage or you'd just walk everywhere you went, and you'd go long distances by train. By now someone would have invented the horseless carriage, which would run on either a small boiler or maybe a diesel engine--diesels don't need electricity to run, and you can rope-start them if you have to. Remember the old cars had cranks out front. You'd get outside rain or shine and pull on the crank and hope it started... and pull again. Presumably this would also work with Diesel engines without any electricity, but the increased compression would make them a pain to crank to start. Glow plugs, of course, wouldn't work so you'd have to compensate with higher compression. I believe some Diesel engines use pneumatic starters, or perhaps you could use a pony-engine setup like the old caterpillars. Also, no radio in the car. No electric fans. Probably we would still be using carbide lights on the fenders. Everyone dreams about riding horses, right? That would likely be a big part of life Lighting would be by flames--candles or lanterns. You'd communicate via the mails, or you'd go visiting. Visiting was a very popular form of entertainment in the 1800s, and there were many social protocols--you dressed formally to do it, you made an appointment to visit, you left calling cards in a basket at the front door, and you had a special sitting room that was only used for visiting. You'd entertain yourself by playing games, but you'd play with other people. You'd also go to dances, you'd go to church (people weren't really any more religious then than they are now, but everyone went to church because in a lot of places church was the main form of entertainment). Food was generally fresh, or canned, and locally-grown. Meats were almost always smoked. Did you ever read in old Christmas stories about how the children got an orange for a gift? Oranges were special because they were hard to transport, so you might see one a year. If you wanted to see a play, you went to a theater. If you wanted to hear music, you went to a concert on the town square, or you had someone in the family who could play, or you knew how to play yourself. A lot of people had pianos or harpsichords, and for the non-rich there were guitars, banjos, fiddles, harmonicas and mandolins. Work was all manual. You made things, or you wrote on ledger paper. There wouldn't be any more thirty-second conversations. Women didn't just run over to a neighbor's house for a little while--if you wanted to do that, you'd talk to your neighbor across the hedgerow at the edge of your property. If you spent a couple of hours dressing, styling your hair and applying makeup, you'd spend half the night in conversation. And you'd LIKE it! You also wouldn't be there by yourself--usually people would gather in groups in parlors (living rooms), and discuss all sorts of things. No escalators, no elevators, and a lot more would be done by hand. There probably would be a lot less incidence of obesity, and less incidence of adult onset type 2 diabetes. Medicine, of course, would be simpler with no MRIs, PET Scans, CAT scans, Maybe simple X-Rays but, no Ultra Sounds. No knowing the sex of your child before it is born. No hand held calculators. There were mechanical calculators available, for quite some time, but they were overly large. Lastly, you wouldn't have a computer to be reading this. It would either be typed with a manual typewriter (ker-thunk), handwritten by candle-light or transcribed by monks in some monastery. There actually were some early mechanical computing devices... but for a mechanical computer device capable of doing what a modern laptop computer can do, think of something the size of New York City, and still no video screen to look at. People would go to bed to sleep at dark (about 8pm) because there isn't much to do after dark, by candlelight, in shadows. There'd be no outside lights so outdoor activities would be difficult or dangerous.
What was Ben Franklin's view on slavery?
Benjamin Franklin was against slavery, and it was one of the last things he fought for in his life as a senator of Pennsylvania. He was the President of Pennsylvania's Antislavery Society. However, most of the Founding Generation were against slavery (including John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, and, although a bit hypocritically, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington - who had his slaves freed after he and his wife, Martha, died), yet they realized that the country was too frail to really risk forcing the issue. Answer It should not be surprising to learn that Franklin's views on slavery changed over time. When he was a young man he bought and sold slaves in his shop. Later on he became a staunch opponent of the practice and founded an early anti-slavery society. Michael Montagne Answer Ben at one time offered rewards for runaway slaves as an ad in The Pennsylvania Gazzette.He also had his own negro servant that accompanied him to Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Answer Benjamin Franklin was against slavery, and it was one of the last things he fought for in his life as a senator of Pennsylvania. He was the President of Pennsylvania's Antislavery Society. However, most of the Founding Generation said they were against slavery (including John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington) yet they did nothing in contrast to their actions to revolt from the British to bring about the end of slavery. Franklin was against slavery for the simple reason that it was not economically beneficial. that, and the fact, Franklin learned slaves were intellectually equal to non slaves, led him to the belief that slavery was a waste. that no good came of it. Franklin's creed was that the greatist good man could do was to do good to his fellow man.
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Why did Benjamin Franklin say ounce prevention?
Ben Franklin said that an ounce of prevention is greater than a pound of cure, because it is easier to prevent a disease/illness/medical problem than is it to cure it. That is as true today as it was in the 1770s. A lot of medical problems take a great effort to cure, and some are incurable. Prevention is the first answer to medical problems.
How did the early life of benjamin franklin influence his beliefs and actions?
What strongly influenced his actions is his love for books. He read everything within his reach.He also developed a love for writing which lead him to question religion. He akso gained great confidence to pursue anything when people greatly commended his composititions in the newspaper. fatness and cheesy butt
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Did Benjamin Franklin have access to invisible ink?
Yes, there was the concept of invisible ink and it could be obtained. George Washington used one that was created specifically for him in a lab. Ben Franklin seemed to have used encryption for matters of state. Also, Ben Franklin was the printer mandated to produce the first paper money and he developed inks that could not be replicated.
What were Ben Franklin's political beliefs as a federalist?
How old was Benjamin Franklin when he invented electricity?
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Was Ben Franklin's diplomatic mission to England a success?
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How many books did Benjamin Franklin write?
Franklin loved to read, but with only 2 years of school he had to teach himself to write. He found stories he liked and rewrote them from memory. Others became poetry and then turned into stories. When he was 16 he wrote 14 letters to his brothers newspaper and they were published. He used the pen name Silence Dogood. In 1732 he wrote his Poor Richards almanac and it was an immediate success. For the next 26 years one was published and sold 10,000 copies every year. He wrote many things in his life including articles for his newspaper and an autobiography and a book called The Way to Wealth in 1757. Between 1765-1775 he wrote 126 newspaper stories.
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What did the Franklin stove look like?
Which number president was Benjamin Franklin?
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Why did Franklin think it was surprising that the constitution was as good as it was?
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What did Benjamin Franklin invent?
Among other things: bifocals, the lightening rod, the Franklin stove, and the odometer. Even though he had more, he was very famous. he was a great man. Ben Franklin invented a lot of things. one thing that he invented was the glass harmonica. he also invented the lightning rod and bifocal glasses.Also the fire dep. he taught himself to swim from a book but wanted to be faster so he developed the swim fin. there is the franklin stove there was also a musical instrument with spinning glass to vibrate with your damp fingers think of a glass rim. of course dont forget the lightning rod and bi focals and the idea of ocean currents. Ben Franklin invented a lot of things. one thing that he invented was the glass harmonica. he also invented the lightning rod and bifocal glasses.Also the fire dep. he taught himself to swim from a book but wanted to be faster so he developed the swim fin. there is the franklin stove there was also a musical instrument with spinning glass to vibrate with your damp fingers think of a glass rim. of course dont forget the lightning rod and bi focals and the idea of ocean currents.
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What did Benjamin Franklin epitaph say?
In 1728, when Franklin was 22, he composed a mock epitaph, which is well-known today: The body of B. Franklin, Printer Like the Cover of an Old Book Its Contents torn Out And Stript of its Lettering and Gilding) Lies Here, Food for Worms. But the Work shall not be Lost; For it will (as he Believ'd) Appear once More In a New and More Elegant Edition Revised and Corrected By the Author. However, his gravemarker reads simply: BENJAMIN And DEBORAHFRANKLIN1790