Orginally published by Scribner in 1972 to wide praise and critical acclaim, Silvio Bedini's work remains the definitive biography of Benjamin Banneker, the self-educated mathematician and astronomer who became America's first black scientist. Born a free man in Maryland in 1731, he had little formal education but developed a remarkable aptitude for mathematics. He assisted in surveying the area that was to become the District of Columbia, but his real achievement came with the creation of almanacs. Through much of the 1790s, his work influenced daily life in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. In 1791 he took up his pen and wrote to Thomas Jefferson, arguing that the treatment of blacks in the young United States was unwarranted and unfair. In his own time, antislavery activists hailed his accomplishments, and today his life is honored as a model of achievement. But as is the case with many famous lives, myth and legend have begun to cloud history. In recent years, Banneker has been memorialized for things he did not do, such as designing the city of Washington.
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Bedini’s authoritative biography of Banneker will be welcomed by those interested in the history of American science as well as students of black history. Well written and exhaustively researched, it is more than simply a recounting of the life and deeds of the black astronomer and almanac maker. Bedini’s work deals with the economy of 18th-centrury Maryland, the important contributions of the Ellicott family to the area and the new nation, the surveying of the District of Columbia, and the methods used by early almanac makers in their computations.” --The Library JournalFrom Library Journal:
Whether Banneker was the absolute first or not is debatable, but he undeniably was one of the earliest African American men of science (1731-1806). This updated edition of the 1972 original has been expanded to include new photos and information on his African roots gleaned from his archives and manuscripts as well as archaeological artifacts from his home.
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Descripción The Maryland Historical Societ, 1999. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110938420593
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