Op-EdNational Academy of Sciences: Abraham Lincolnís gift to the nation

The Presidentsí Day holiday this month celebrates the birthday of the nationís first President, George Washington, but also of its sixteenth, Abraham Lincoln.

The latterís legacy and importance in dealing with issues that had given rise to the Civil War was portrayed in an exhibit by the National Constitution Center, at the Johnson City Public Library, last summer.

In the journal ďScienceĒ in November, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, head of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, remembered another of Lincolnís profound contributions to the nation. Earlier during the bloody year (1863) when he delivered his now famous Gettysburg address, he had founded the National Academy of Sciences. More...

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