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Science  09 Feb 2007:
Vol. 315, Issue 5813, pp. 768
DOI: 10.1126/science.1138024

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The First Scientific American Benjamin Franklin and the Pursuit of Genius. By Joyce E. Chaplin. Basic Books (Perseus Books Group), New York, 2006. 431 pp. $27.50, C$37.50. ISBN 9780465009558.

While she does not ignore Franklin's accomplishments as a printer, revolutionary, diplomat, and statesman, Chaplin devotes most of her efforts to considering the variety and scope of her subject's scientific activities.