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Friday, June 3, 2011

“Science Secrets,” Author separates fact from fiction in science history

Alberto Martinez. Photo by Judy Hogan, administrative assistant in the Department of History

Alberto Martinez. Photo by Judy Hogan, administrative assistant in the Department of History.

Legend has it Benjamin Franklin ventured out on a stormy day to fly a kite with a lightning rod and a key dangling on the end of the string. When the lightning struck the kite, the powerful bolt charged the metal key. Franklin then touched the key and got zapped, thus proving the electrical nature of lightning.

It is a captivating story. Yet just as Pecos Bill never…