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Sex and the Scientist : The Indecent Life of Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford (1753-1814) - (Paperback)

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? One of the preeminent natural philosophers of the Enlightenment, Benjamin Thompson started out as a farm boy with a practical turn of mind. His inventions include the Rumford fireplace, insulated clothing, the thermos, convection ovens, double boilers, double-paned glass and an improved sloop. He was knighted by King George III and became a Count of the Holy Roman Emperor. Thompson’s popularity with women eclipsed his achievements, though. He was married twice and had affairs with many other prominent women, including the wife of Boston printer Isaiah Thomas and that of a doctor who would crew the first balloon to cross the English Channel. He even fathered a child by the court mistress of the Prince Elector and had affairs with several other German noblewomen. Drawing on Thompson’s correspondence and diaries, this book examines his friendships and romantic relationships.
Number of Pages: 246
Genre: History, Biography + Autobiography
Format: Paperback
Publisher: McFarland Publishing
Author: Jane Merrill
Language: English
Street Date: November 30, 2017
TCIN: 52066375
UPC: 9781476665924
Item Number (DPCI): 248-40-7144
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