Book Discussion on Bolt of Fate: Benjamin Franklin

Mr. Tucker talked about his book, Bolt of Fate: Benjamin Franklin and His Electric Kite Hoax, published by PublicAffairs. In the… read more

Mr. Tucker talked about his book, Bolt of Fate: Benjamin Franklin and His Electric Kite Hoax, published by PublicAffairs. In the book, he argues that Benjamin Franklin’s famous kite flying experiment, which demonstrated that lightning was created through electrical charges, is a myth. Mr. Tucker discussed Franklin’s enthusiasm for hoaxes, and told how Franklin used the myth of the kite experiment to embarrass his rivals in France and England. Mrs. Tucker talked about her experiences during the time her husband was working on the book. After making remarks and reading from his book, Mr. Tucker responded to questions from the audience. close

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Program ID:
177590-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Speech
Location:
Forest City, North Carolina, United States
First Aired:
Aug 2, 2003
Last Aired:
Jun 15, 2007

Airing Details

  • Aug 02, 2003 | 9:59pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Oct 19, 2003 | 3:00am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Dec 15, 2003 | 6:00am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Jan 06, 2005 | 6:15am EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Jan 08, 2005 | 6:15pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Nov 23, 2005 | 6:07am EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Nov 25, 2005 | 6:07am EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Nov 26, 2005 | 6:08pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Jun 12, 2007 | 2:56am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Jun 12, 2007 | 8:00am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Jun 15, 2007 | 8:00am EDT | C-SPAN 3
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