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Maillardet's Automaton

Maillardet's Automaton

In 1928, The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia acquired the pieces of an interesting, but totally ruined, brass machine. The very same is an automaton, now in working order, and on display in The Franklin Institute's "Amazing Machine" exhibit!

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The Case Files

The Case Files are a unique repository in the history of science and technology. As the documentary record of The Franklin Awards program, the Case Files are filled with stories of scientific enterprise.

Human Heart

The Human Heart

From the moment it begins beating until the moment it stops, the human heart works tirelessly. In an average lifetime, the heart beats more than two and a half billion times, without ever pausing to rest. Like a pumping machine, the heart provides the power needed for life.

The Human Brain

The Human Brain

You have been entrusted with the care and feeding of the most extraordinary and complex creation in the universe. Home to your mind and personality, your brain houses your cherished memories and future hopes. It orchestrates the symphony of consciousness that gives you purpose and passion, motion and emotion. But what do you really know about it?

Ben Franklin

Ben Franklin FAQ

America has never forgotten Benjamin Franklin. He is a famous scientist, inventor, statesman, printer, philosopher, musician and economist. Today, we honor Ben Franklin as one of our Founding Fathers and as one of America's greatest citizens.


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