Category:Science and Exploration

From Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia

Thomas Jefferson had a lifelong interest in science and its service for the benefit of the nation and humankind. As a child growing up on the frontier, he appreciated unexplored regions, the land, and its natural wonders. As an adult, he became an accomplished man of science with interests in mathematics, botany, medicine, agriculture, surveying, astronomy, paleontology, archeology, meteorology, and ethnology.

Jefferson had great skill in design and modification, although the moldboard of least resistance was his only unquestioned invention. He referred to his spherical sundial an "invention," and may have devised a cipher wheel long before it came into use. He held no patents.

The western frontier in Jefferson's time expanded from just the Appalachian Mountains as a boy to the Pacific Ocean as President. Although Jefferson himself only went as far west as Warm Springs, Virginia, near the present West Virginia border, he became one of America's strongest advocates for its exploration.

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