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Presentation: Winter Tales of Jefferson's Library

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Thomas Jefferson spent many a chilly winter’s night at Monticello in his library, cuddled up with one of his more than 6,000 books. Some 700 of those books were scientific ones, and Jefferson, who once wrote, “Nature intended me for the tranquil pursuits of science, by rendering them my supreme delight,” reveled in those. We will join Jefferson on a few of those chilly eves and discover how his sortie into his library had scientific and political consequences. On a lighter note, we’ll also see how those winter night reading sessions at Monticello also helped him brew a better beer.

Lee Dugatkin, Ph.D., is a historian of science at The University of Louisville. He is the author of twelve books, including Mr. Jefferson and the Giant Moose: Natural History in Early America (University of Chicago Press).

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Presentation: Winter Tales of Jefferson's Library

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