The connected book (and how to make soda water)


17 Responses to “The connected book (and how to make soda water)”

  1. gmoke says:

    From _The First American; The LIfe and Times of Benjamin Franklin_ by H. W. Brands
    New York: Doubleday, 2000

    page 167: Franklin didn’t patent his Franklin stove, although he was offered one by Governor Thomas of Pennsylvania. “His was not a patenting personality, one that perceived knowledge as the property of its discoverer. Rather he saw philosophy – broadly construed, as it was in those days – as a collective undertaking. What one investigator unearthed ought to become the common property of all. As it applied to patents, he explained, ‘That 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.’”

  2. Anonymous says:

    I cannot see the word “Oregonian” without thinking of Dave Barry’s column The Unkindest Cut of All in which he used the words “oregonian” and “post-dispatch” to refer to certain portions of the male anatomy.

    Dave’s revenge is complete, I guess. Never anger a bard!


  3. Ernunnos says:

    I like Prieftley’s conclufion, namely that while he doefn’t want to profit, he would like credit. Early form of attribution licenfe. And fince we’re fitting here in the 21st century talking about him and hif difcovery, it appears to have been very fuccefsful.

  4. forgeweld says:

    That Priestly guy was an idiot. Just think how rich his descendants would be if he had patented Air.

  5. dumbbunny says:

    Priestley’s work Experiments and Observations on Different Kinds of Air was a giggle to read in its original format. All the letters of S have been replaced with F.

    An honest-to-god quote from Priestley’s book: the brifknefs and fpirit of frefh fring water.

  6. Antinous / Moderator says:

    Those aren’t actually ‘f’s so much as ‘s’s in the typeface of the day.

  7. Takuan says:

    “f” back then, was “s” in cursive script. It’s OK, every fact needs to be learned at least once.

  8. Eos47 says:

    As a Unitarian Universalist I greatly admire Priestly as one of our founding fathers. How many other religions can count such a genius as one of it’s founders?

  9. Anonymous says:

    My Granfather used to fill the soda siphon with water and a little bicarbonate of soda and a little cream of tartar.

    Then screw on the silver top with its valve handle, nozzle and stem that protruded down into the glass siphon.

    It was instantly filled with fizzy water for drinks that rushed out at a touch of the handle.

    The glass was cut in a diamond pattern and wired with a gold wire mesh – presumably as a safety measure in case of explosion.

    Pretty easy way to make soda water for pennies at home from bicarbonate of soda and cream of tartar.

    I looked on the Ggl but couldn’t seem to find the recipe only a 10 to 9 part bicarb to tartar mix for bath salts.

  10. caitifty says:

    The Lucretius (c 54 BCE) quote (“Ita res accendunt lumina rebus”) is also pretty appropriate to the article topic – loosely, it’s ‘thus one thing throws light upon others’..

  11. coop says:


    Those are known as “long” or “meidal” ‘esses’.


  12. sad dolls says:

    think of all the sad dolls that will be uncovered through this.

  13. BillSeitz says:

    Too bad your own book may have to go out of print before it can get the same benefit. :)

  14. airshowfan says:

    @EOS47: I too am a UU, and I have to admit that many religions (including some of the worst) can count geniuses among their founders, evangelists, and administrators. Whether those geniuses are sincere and well-meaning is another story, though.

  15. airshowfan says:

    I sometimes contemplate getting a tattoo that says “Science, Freedom, Beauty, Adventure”. When people ask why, I can now show them directly :)

  16. Stefan Jones says:

    Oh! The Oregonian ran a great review of that book last Sunday.

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