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1. Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford:
2. Count Rumford: Physicist Extraordinary
3. Scientist, Soldier, Statesman,
4. The Count of Concord (Dalkey American
5. The Forgotten Art of Building

1. Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford: 1753-1814
by Henry Monmouth Smith
 Unknown Binding: Pages (1949)

Asin: B0007HXDH8
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2. Count Rumford: Physicist Extraordinary (Science Study Series)
by Sanborn Conner Brown
 Hardcover: 178 Pages (1979-10-15)
list price: US$51.95 -- used & new: US$51.95
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Asin: 0313207720
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Count Rumford was one of the most fascinating figures of science. On the one side he was a gifted experimenter and a prolific inventor who helped establish the foundations of modern physics; on the other he was a scheming adventurer, a cynical soldier of fortune, and a spy whose name was anathema to the patriots of the American Revolution. In this biography Professor Brown tells the story of Rumford's dual personality and exciting career. ... Read more

3. Scientist, Soldier, Statesman, Spy: Count Rumford : The Extraordinary Life of a Scientific Genius
by George Ingham Brown
Hardcover: 192 Pages (2000-01)
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Asin: 0750921846
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars The publisher does a disservice to author and readers
I have not yet read this book; the above star rating is arbitrarily placed to make it possible to post this note and should not be taken seriously. I am sorry to note, however, that the publisher's ignorance of their own product is made evident in the following quote from their review, above: "This is the first book to examine the life of this brilliant but difficult man." That is certainly not so. The late eminent scientist and scholar, Sanborn C. Brown, wrote two biographies of Rumford: "Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford," intended for the serious reader, and "Count Rumford, Physicist Extraordinary," a shorter version intended for the younger reader that, inter alia, omits some of the details of Rumford's extensive sexual adventures. Both are excellent (and the first, at least, is listed by Amazon.) In addition, there are at least half a dozen older biographies of Rumford, ranging from good to boring, and dated beginning about 1845. Rumford's complete works have been published in five volumes. Volume 5 deals with his social innovations, and is fascinating and entertaining reading even for the technically unsophisticated reader. ... Read more

4. The Count of Concord (Dalkey American Literature) (Dalkey American Literature)
by Nicholas Delbanco
Hardcover: 480 Pages (2008-05-13)
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Asin: 1564785092
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Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford, was—as Nicholas Delbanco writes—"world famous in his lifetime," yet now he has been "almost wholly forgotten." Like Delbanco himself, Sally Ormsby Thompson Robinson—the narrator of this novel and the Count's fictional, last-surviving relative—is "haunted" by one of history's most fascinating and remarkable figures. On par with Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, Count Rumford was, among many other things, a politician, a spy, a philanthropist, and above all, a scientist. Based on countless historical documents, including letters and essays by Thompson himself, The Count of Concord brings to life the remarkable career of Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford. ... Read more

5. The Forgotten Art of Building a Good Fireplace
by Vrest Orton
Paperback: 64 Pages (1969-01-01)
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Asin: 0911469176
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Since its original publication in 1969 by Yankee, Inc.,Vrest Orton’s classic book on fireplace design has gone through numerous printings and has brought about a revival of the Rumford fireplace. The basic principles that Count Rumford set forth in 1795 describe the construction of a large shallow fireplace which does not smoke and which throws out much more heat than many of today’s fireplaces which send too much of the heat up the chimney. This new edition contains some practical notes by Wally Leeds, a mason in Tunbridge,Vermont who builds Rumford fireplaces today. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (6)

3-0 out of 5 stars A nice book, but flawed data was used.
A Rumford fireplace is a design artifact of functional beauty:maximizing radiant heat, while minimizing smoke.

The Rumford achieves the first, with a tall, wide, shallow firebox with widely splayed covings.

The second by laminar flow through the throat.Laminar flow is a non-turbulent, streamlined flow.In the Rumford fireplace the front flow layer is cool air, the rear flow layer is hot. The two key features of Rumford's design which produce laminar flow are 1) the rounded breast (the "breast" is the front of the throat.The "throat" is where the firebox meets the chimney.) and 2) the flat back.

Somehow, Vrest Orton misunderstood Rumford's original design, and propagated this misunderstanding. One can look at the original Rumford text from THE COLLECTED WORKS OF COUNT RUMFORD, Harvard Press, vol 2,for clarification.

Maybe Vrest had a modified Rumford (with a flat breast and angled back).In any case, his book would be improved by correcting this (significant) error.

Additional reference:[...]A comprehensive accumulation of knowledge with respect to Rumford fireplaces.


5-0 out of 5 stars Wally Leeds adds insight and clarification
As the new owner of a smoky fireplace, I look to this book for inspiration and help. Wally Leeds, a Vermont mason offers clarification that enhances what is already *the* classic book on the art (and history) of Rumford fireplaces.

2-0 out of 5 stars Building a Rumford fireplace
When I was building my first home in 1972, I stumbled upon Orton's little book in the Library.I had never built a fireplace before, although I did have a little bit of experience laying block and brick. But Orton inspired me.I knew that I couldn't afford to have a fireplace of my own unless I built it myself. Long story short: I built my Rumford fireplace all by myself, from footer to top of the chimney, using this book as my only guide.And it worked wonderfully.It was unbelievably efficient and smoke free.My kids and I spent many winter evenings "camping out" there in our family room, with the electric baseboard heat turned off.I once built a fire on the front-most edge of the brick hearth (with several fire extinguishers at my side), just to see if this design could really "draw" as well as Orton claimed.It DID! And without any smoke in the room!
This book "clicked" with me for 2 reasons:first he laid out the history behind this invention, the biography of Count Rumford, and WHY this design was so revolutionary.Then he carefully laid out the principles of WHY IT WORKS, the theory and proportions.It was not a heady treatise for engineers, nor did it insult my intelligence with details on "inserting tab A into slot A" as most do-it-yourself books do.
I'm now building my second home -- this one with TWO Rumford fireplaces.And I decided that its high time that I had my own personal copy of this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Count
If you are building a firplace this is the book about the man of all men. This simple how to works. This isn't like a Sunset book that has pictures of all steps but it is kept simple. If you supplement this with the Rumford and get their step by step instructions off of their website then this will be simple for most fairly talented home do it your selfers. The end result works and makes since. The products from the web site are hard to get and are costly but they make it so simple to build that you will be surprised and happy. This book is tiny and about a one hour read. A lot of this book is on the history and how the science of Rumford is applied. The shallow boxis the way to build a fireplace right . Good Luck

5-0 out of 5 stars Leeds' Contribution Significant
Having seen and admired Leeds' work over the course of two decades, I consider him a master among master masons.I have also enjoyed his wit and wisdom as an author.

Orton was wise to include Leeds in this book. ... Read more

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