July 17, 2021 — 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Gentleman Scientist visits CARPENTERS’ HALL

While we all know the ramification of Enlightenment thinking on politics in the 18th Century, it also had a profound and seminal effect on science. Prior to the Enlightenment, scientific thought, when it could be separated from theology, was dominated by theories of absolute truth but over the course of the 16th and 17th Centuries this absolutism began to be replaced by modern empirical observation and experimentation. The world doesn’t work as it does because it should, or because of supernatural forces, but rather it follows series of natural laws. Rocks don’t fall to the earth because, as Plato argued, they belong to the earth; they fall because, as Newton observed, objects are attracted to each other in proportion to their mass and inverse proportion to their distance separation [squared]. God, if involved at all in the process at all, is the author of laws that govern the universe, not the prime mover who physically controls each particle. This subtle shift in focus and explosion of scientific inquiry and the creation of the “gentleman scientist.”

Come join the “Gentleman Scientist” as he exploits the newly coined “scientific method” to challenge to challenge the status quo on EVERYTHING from physics to politics. We will conduct a wide variety of scientific investigations, and try to shift our understanding of how the world works from folklore and tradition to mathematical scientific “laws.”


  • Discrediting the theological notion of Spontaneous Generation
  • Applications of Dr. Franklin’s Electric Fire
  • Joseph Priestley’s experiments challenging the conventional wisdom and Theories of Phlogiston.
  • Discussion of the 1769 observations of the Transit of Venus with an explanation of “big science” in the 18th Century and how these data allowed the Royal Academy to compute the distance of the Earth from the Sun.
  • Hands on use of various computing and navigational devices used by scientists and surveyors in the 18th Century.
  • Discussion of the advantages of living in the modern 18th Century with our scientific societies, publications, and correspondence.

FREE Interactive Program

This will be an interactive program where participants are encouraged to investigate the biggest advances in science hands on.

Published by Michael Carver

My goal is to bring history alive through interactive portrayal of ordinary American life in the late 18th Century (1750—1799) My persona are: Journeyman Brewer; Cordwainer (leather tradesman but not cobbler), Statesman and Orator; Chandler (candle and soap maker); Gentleman Scientist; and, Soldier in either the British Regular Army, the Centennial Army, or one of the various Militia. Let me help you experience history 1st hand!

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