The Mystery of Matter

Joseph Priestley | A Momentous Encounter

Clip: Episode 1 | 3m 55s

While holding a variety of jobs as a minister, teacher, lecturer and tutor, Joseph Priestley wrote prolifically on subjects ranging from education and theology to politics and science. Biographer Steven Johnson explains how Priestley’s idea for a book about electricity led to his warm friendship with Benjamin Franklin — and inspired him to become a scientist in his own right.

Aired: 08/19/15

Rating: TV-G

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