Benjamin Franklin and Lightning Rods

  title={Benjamin Franklin and Lightning Rods},
  author={Edmund Philip Krider},
  journal={Physics Today},
Franklin’s work on electricity and lightning earned him worldwide fame and respect—ideal assets for brokering aid from France during the American Revolution. 

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