Title:Thinkers and Tinkers : Early American Men of Science. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher:  Scribner's, New York, 1975, ISBN:0684142686 1975
ISBN Number: 0684142686 / 9780684142685
Seller ID: 42125
BEDINI, Silvio A. Thinkers and Tinkers : Early American Men of Science. Illustrated with Photographs. New York : Charles Scribner's Sons, (1975). First Printing. Pp (8),[ix]-xix,(23, b&w illustrations ),23-520,(4). Many b&w illustrations in the text. 8vo (165 x 237 mm), red cloth, with gilt lettering to spine, and a gilt figure with a sextant on the front board.
Silvio A. Bedini (b. January 17, 1917, Ridgefield, Connecticut - d. November 14, 2007, Washington,D.C.) an American historian, specialising in early scientific instruments, long of the Smithsonian Institution.
Includes some treatment of early makers of navigational instruments.
"A remarkable chapter in American history previously ignored by historians is the birth and growth and demise of a movement of mathematical practitioners, who pursued the practical sciences from the establishment of the first British plantations in North America through the first quarter of the nineteenth century. Until now the history of science in America has been told in terms of the accomplishments of a handful of great achievers in the abstract sciences and of the naturalists who recorded the flora and fauna of the New World. Unacknowledged and unstudied have been the achevements of that inconspicuous and yet impressive band of self-taught men who charted the wilderness, surveyed the new communities and the new territiories, made the scientific instruments with which these accomplishments could be achieved, and instructed others in these practical sciences. A single volume cannot encompass the countless individual efforts of these modest men and in fact little purpose would be served by a detailed account, for rarely did the individual deserve even a footnote in history. Yet the combined endeavors played a significant role in uniting the individual settlements and forging the British colonies into an American nation. It is with this total effort that Thinkers and Tinkers is concerned." - the jacket.
Part I. Settlement. 1. In Their Beginnings; 2. In Surging Seas; 3. Where Wolves Now Howl; 4. Dark Hemisphere.
Part II. Development. 5. Men of Ingenuity; 6. The Witty Geometers; 7. To Rouse the Genius; 8. New Paths in Science; 9. Such Pleasant Inventions; 10. A Work Adorned.
Part III. Revolution. 11. Of Liberty and Life; 12. War's Weapons.
Part IV. Nationhood. 13. One Vast Republic; 14. The True Geography; 15. The Promotion of Science; 16. From His Known Shore; 17. The Book of Nature; 18. The Dignity of Independence.
With end-notes, glossary, select bibliography and index.
Very good in lightly rubbed, nicked dustjacket. 40.00