Science in Colonial America

Colonial Americans demanded that their science be practical, useful, and democratic. They were eager to ask questions and find answers about the exciting new world around them. The colonists catalogued new wildlife, examined fossils, experimented with electricity, and calculated the distance between Earth and the sun.

Led by innovators such as Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, Peter Collinson and other early Americans who explored and contributed to the science of medicine, natural history, astronomy and electricity. Incorporating many brief quotes from primary sources, this book should be useful for both science and social studies inquiry. Maps, an index, glossary and a list of resources are included. The “can do” spirit that developed during America’s colonial period continues to inspire American scientists today.