Tuesday, 23 March 2010

James Ferguson display at National Library of Scotland

A new exhibition is underway at the National Library of Scotland. From the NLS:

James Ferguson display
18 March to 28 April
George IV Bridge Building, Edinburgh

Our treasures display for March-April focuses on James Ferguson (1710-1776), a remarkable 18th-century Scottish astronomer and scientist.

Apparatus Ferguson devised to demonstrate his public lectures on science subjects helped make him one of the most successful and popular lecturers of the day. He was also a popular writer.

Self-taught Ferguson became interested in mechanics and astronomy while growing up in Banffshire, where he was born. He began his scientific career in London, where he moved to in 1743.

Celebrating the 300th anniversary of his birth, our display brings together books, notebooks, drawings and scientific objects.

Admission free.

Opening hours:
Monday-Friday: 09.30-20.00
Saturday: 09.30-17.00
Sunday: 14.00-17.00

More information on what is on display can be found at www.nls.uk/exhibitions/treasures/index.html#ferguson.


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