Ben Franklin's Science In his time, Ben Franklin was one of the world's most famous scientists. But was his famous kite experiment a hoax? In this special Fourth of July edition of Talk of the nation/Science Friday, we'll take a closer look at the life of founding father and scientist Benjamin Franklin, with Nobel laureate Dudley Herschbach.

Guests:

Dudley Herschbach
Frank B. Baird, Jr. Research Professor of Science, Harvard University
Nobel Prize Winner, Chemistry, 1986

Tom Tucker
Author, Bolt of Fate: Ben Franklin and His Electric Kite Hoax (Public Affairs Books, 2003)

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In his time, Ben Franklin was one of the world's most famous scientists. But was his famous kite experiment a hoax? In this special Fourth of July edition of Talk of the nation/Science Friday, we'll take a closer look at the life of founding father and scientist Benjamin Franklin, with Nobel laureate Dudley Herschbach.

Guests:

Dudley Herschbach
Frank B. Baird, Jr. Research Professor of Science, Harvard University
Nobel Prize Winner, Chemistry, 1986

Tom Tucker
Author, Bolt of Fate: Ben Franklin and His Electric Kite Hoax (Public Affairs Books, 2003)