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1. Ensayos políticos, económicos
2. Essays, political, economical,
3. Essays, political, economical,
4. Essays, political, economical,
5. The complete works of Count Rumford
6. Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford:
7. Count Rumford: Physicist Extraordinary
8. Scientist, Soldier, Statesman,
9. The Count of Concord
10. The Forgotten Art of Building

1. Ensayos políticos, económicos y filosóficos del conde de Rumford. Traducidos de órden de la Real Sociedad Económica de esta corte por su individuo Domingo Agüero y Neira Volume 1 (Spanish Edition)
 Paperback: 410 Pages (2010-09-27)
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Asin: 1173105441
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2. Essays, political, economical, and philosophical Volume 2
 Paperback: 216 Pages (2010-09-30)
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Asin: 1171924305
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3. Essays, political, economical, and philosophical Volume 1
 Paperback: 506 Pages (2010-09-30)
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Asin: 1171925824
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4. Essays, political, economical, and philosophical Volume 4
 Paperback: 126 Pages (2010-09-30)
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Asin: 1171923910
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5. The complete works of Count Rumford Volume 2
by Benjamin, Graf von, 1753-1814 Rumford
 Paperback: Pages (2009-10-26)

Asin: B001RHBLHG
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6. Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford: 1753-1814
by Henry Monmouth Smith
 Unknown Binding: Pages (1949)

Asin: B0007HXDH8
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7. Count Rumford: Physicist Extraordinary (Science Study Series)
by Sanborn Conner Brown
 Hardcover: 178 Pages (1979-10-15)
list price: US$55.00
Isbn: 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

8. 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: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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A scientific biography of Count Rumford, the founder of the Royal Institution, who arrived in England in 1776, and invented methods for improved heating, lighting and cooking, through his discovery of how heat was made. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A truly fascinating life
I really enjoyed this book.It's a fairly quick read for being packed with so much interesting stuff. Benjamin Thompson, later taking the name Count Rumford, lived the most fascinating life of anyone I've ever known or read about.

Brief summary:
He was born into a poor farming family in America in 1753. At 19 years old, he marries an incredibly rich 30-something year old woman setting himself up financially for the rest of his life.When the Revolutionary War breaks out he stays loyal to England and begins working as a spy.He develops and uses invisible ink to send secret messages and begins having an affair with the wife of the owner of a revolutionary newspaper.

When the war turns sour, he flees to England where he is given a heroes welcome. He lands a cushy government job and uses his free time to work on his true passion: scientific experiments, mainly involving heat. He is the inventor of central heating, the drip coffee pot, greatly improved fireplaces and lanterns, and many others.He also set up the worlds first homeless shelters, soup kitchens and was knighted for services in both England and Bavaria.While in Bavaria he was also briefly made general commander of the entire army and during that time, used his skills of persuasion to avoid being drawn into a war between Austria and France, becoming an overnight hero.

Sadly, most people have never heard of him.

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

9. The Count of Concord
by Nicholas Delbanco
Hardcover: 480 Pages (2008-05-13)
list price: US$34.95
Isbn: 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

10. 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: 3.5 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 (10)

4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting tidbits, good info on why fireplaces smoke.
Author gives lots of interesting info on Rumford, then gives the essence of critical aspects of how to build a fireplace that doesn't smoke. I applied the info to make my improperly designed fireplace stop smoking using without spending a fortune.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great little book
We rebuilt an old Virginia farmhouse in 1980 using some plans from a Vermont architect whose names escapes me.
Friends and family have always commented on the extraordinary warmth that one of our two fireplaces radiates (the other fireplace that is, basically, worthless was put in when we added another room in the 1990's and allowed a local mason to construct according to his personal ideas).
The fireplace that was built using the directions of the Vermont architect closely follows the concepts and measurements that Mr. Orton describes in this DELIGHTFULLY written little tome.
Our Tidewater Virginia winters are extremely light compared to Vermont's but, even so, we love our quasi-Rumford fireplace which is fired up daily from October til Spring---throwing off tons of radiant heat.
I am getting a copy to give to friends who are preparing to build a house and might want to know about Count Rumford and his design.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Forgotten Art of Building a Good Fireplace.
Thank you Mr. Orton for this much needed book. It has what we need to know about building a good fireplace and how the other designs fall short.This book has helped drive a movement toward the construction of this type of fireplace.
There are 2 houses owned by my relatives that had Rumford style fireplaces built in the 2nd quarter of the 1800's.One of them had the livingroom fireplace rebuilt in the 1940's and later replaced by a room intruding wood stove, neither change ever worked to anyone's satisfaction.The other house's parlor fireplace proved to be so efficient that when in use with just a small amount of wood the room radiator had to be shut off.Three cheers for this book. It demystifies the principles, genius and construction of a truly efficientfireplace without the loss of the contemplative aspect of an open fire.Benjamin Thompson is man we should all know about.

1-0 out of 5 stars More of a pamphlet than a book
I had hoped for something a bit thicker than the credit card I ordered it with.Don't expect a book with much in it.Look elsewhere for detailed plans.This only has a few conceptual sketchs that could be shown on a single page.

2-0 out of 5 stars More blueprints, less politics please.
I was looking forward to reading about exactly how to build a Count Rumsford fireplace, long acknowledged to be the most efficient in terms of heat produced and wood used.There were some scattered practical descriptions and a couple of diagrams, but most of the book was an indictment of the 'liberal' politics of Rumsford's contemporaries and today's liberals, that kept the famous Tory - who was a Royalist who went to Britain during the American Revolution - from getting all the credit he deserved for his design.Had he stayed in the Colonies as we became the United States, perhaps he would be well known to Americans today, but he choose otherwise.It was the design I was interested in, and what little information there was, was not sufficient to be able to build the fireplace.I can only hope I meet a mason who is familiar with the historical design and who can duplicate it. ... Read more


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