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Joseph Priestley | A Momentous Encounter

  • Aired: 08/19/2015
  • 03:55
  • Rating: TV-G
While holding a variety of jobs as a minister, teacher, lecturer and tutor, Joseph Priestley wrote prolifically on subjects ranging from education and theology to politics and science. Biographer Steven Johnson explains how Priestley’s idea for a book about electricity led to his warm friendship with Benjamin Franklin — and inspired him to become a scientist in his own right.
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See how Priestley’s friendship with Benjamin Franklin led to his own career in science.
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