Inventions

Franklin was a prodigious Inventor.

Among his many creations were the lightning rod, glass armonica (a glass instrument, not to be confused with the metal harmonica), Franklin stove, bifocal glasses and the flexible urinary catheter.

The Glass Harmonica

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=GwFGJMMMkLI

 

Franklin never patented his inventions; in his autobiography he wrote, "... as we enjoy great advantages from the inventions of others, we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours; and this we should do freely and generously.

The Franklin stove

modern Franklin stove

 

The Bifocal glasses

 

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His inventions also included social innovations, such as paying forward. Franklin's fascination with innovation could be viewed as altruistic; he wrote that his scientific works were to be used for increasing efficiency and human improvement. One such improvement was his effort to expedite news services through his printing presses.