Table of Contents:
  • A classical voice for American science
  • An American Cicero
  • Toward a democratic science : institution-building and the statesman orator
  • Increase and diffusion of knowledge : setting the stage for the Smithsonian debate
  • Adams's arguments in the Smithsonian debate : a rhetorical analysis
  • The queen of sciences and her democratic champion : Adams's promotion of astronomy
  • Invention and discovery, rhetorically speaking.