Before continuing with
Halcyon’s calm waters
left halfway in the last
page, let me satisy
your curiosity / thirst
for knowledge with
some more details about
Beating – heart (Off –
Pump) CABG surgery
which I barely touched
upon in the fag end of
the previous page
and unwittingly probably
provoked your curiosity.
Provocation of curiosity
is magnetic; human
nature is to quench
curiosity. So go ahead
and quench your
burning curiosity,
without getting scared
of curiosity killing you,
going by the old saying,
“Curiosity killed the cat!”,
often used to warn of
the dangers of novel and
unnecessary investigation
or experimentation and
scare you away (unlike
the great Benjamin
Franklin’s historic,
earth-shaking (not
“unnecessary” as
proved by its results
later) Kite Electricity
Experiment in a
blazing thunderstorm,
of course from the
safety of an electrical
Stand [an insulated
protective platform],
in Philadelphia in the
state of Pennsylvania,
U.S.A. on 15 June
1752, [Barely five
weeks after Thomas –
François D’Alibard of
France – on 10 May
1752 – had verified the
same theory using a
50 – feet (15 m) – tall
iron rod (instead of
flying a kite as did
Ben) and had extracted
electrical sparks –
“electric fluid” – from a
cloud during a lightning
in Paris and barely one
month after M. Delor, a
Parisian who used to
exhibit his electrical work
for the King of France,
repeated the experiment
in Paris – Ben did not
know about the French
results] in a harsh
thunderstorm which
could have killed and
charred Ben totally and
instantaneously as indeed
happened unfortunatley
to Prof. Georg Wilhelm
Richmann (1711 – 1753),
a German physicist who
was electrocuted a few
months after Ben’s
experiment. Richmann
was electrocuted in
St. Petersburg while
“trying to quantify the
response of an insulated
rod to a nearby storm.”
He was attending
a meeting of the
Academy of Sciences,
when he heard thunder.
The Professor ran
home with his engraver
to capture the event for
posterity. While the
experiment was underway,
a supposed ball lightning
appeared and collided
with Richmann’s head
leaving him dead with
a red spot on his
forehead, his shoes
blown open, and parts
of his clothes singed.
An explosion followed
“like that of a small Cannon”
that knocked the engraver
out, split the room’s door
frame, and tore the door
off its hinges. Reportedly,
the ball lightning travelled
along the apparatus and
was the cause of his death.
Richmann was apparently
the first person in history
to die while conducting
electrical experiments.
Curiosity did kill the cat!

That Franklin himself was
not harmed during his
wildly dangerous kite –
flying feat in June of
1752 is amazing.
Some scientists believe
that Benjamin was
somewhat protected
because he conducted
his test at the very
beginning of the storm.
It’s important to remember
that Franklin did not want
to draw a lightning strike
upon himself, and that his
kite was not actually struck
by lightning contrary to
popular belief. Franklin’s
goal in using the kite was
basically to gather the
theoretical “electrical fire”
associated with lightning
in a safe way so as to
demonstrate its electrical
properties. Note also that
since the atmosphere always
contains an electric field,
a kite and its conducting
string and ribbon would
become electrified even
in clear dry weather. Thus,
Franklin could have shown
that atmospheric electricity
existed even with no
thunderstorm present.

D’Alibard and DeLor
reported their
accomplishments to
the Académie des
Sciences (the French
Academy of Sciences)
and explicitly stated that
they had simply carried
out Franklin’s sentry box
directions. In particular,
D’Alibard declared:
“In following the path
that M. Franklin traced
for us, I have obtained
complete satisfaction.”
King Lous XV sent his
compliments to
“Mr. Franklin of
Pennsylvania,”; so
impressed was he
with the Philadelphia
Experiment and
Benjamin Franklin’s
scientific acumen.

As often emphasized,
Franklin did not invent
electricity. He just proved
that lightning is the same
as the static electricity
that he and other
electricians were
creating with their
electrical contrivances.
His use of the Leyden
jar in the 1752 experiment,
by the way, gave rise to
the saying that Franklin
“bottled lightning.”!

Hey, look! I cannot bottle
the multifacetted genius
that Benjamin Franklin
was in this tiny blog page.

Let us not get pulled up
by a kite into the clouds
(? 37 as on date
including the most
sought after Cloud 9)
by more details
about the great
Benjamin Franklin
who, as a signer of
both the Declaration
of Independence and
the Constitution of the
USA , is rightfully
called one of the
Founding Fathers of
the United States. His
pervasive influence in
the early history of the
United States has led
to his being jocularly
called “the only President
of the United States who
was never President of
the United States.”!

See U folks in the next
page detailing how
Curiosity may not
always kill, as told
by another American
Genius, Eugene O’Neill,
and then quench your
as yet unsatiated
curiosity about
Beating – heart (Off –
Pump) CABG surgery.

Stay tuned!


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