Benjamin Franklin Greene
D.H. Jones & Co.: Troy, NY (1855)
T171 R41 R46x 1855
This early volume was written by the third
director of the Rensselaer Institute in an effort to develop the school in a variety
of ways: to broaden its curriculum, strengthen the faculty, expand physical facilities,
and improve conditions for students. The book describes a number of technological
institutions in Europe, and proposes steps the Institute should take toward Greene's
vision of "a true polytechnic." Also referred to as the "Greene Report," the volume was
reprinted in 1949 under the title The True Idea of a Polytechnic Institute.
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The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: Its Reorganization
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Benjamin Franklin Greene, D.H. Jones & Co.: Troy, NY (1855).
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