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Life of James Ferguson, F. R. S.: In a Brief Autobiographical Account, and Further Extended Memoir (Cambridge Library Collection - Astronomy)

Life of James Ferguson, F. R. S.: In a Brief Autobiographical Account, and Further Extended Memoir (Cambridge Library Collection - Astronomy)

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  • ISBN-13: 9781108021265
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date: Oct 28, 2010
  • Edition: 1
  • Pages: 530 pages
  • Dimensions: 1.18 x 8.5 x 5.51 inches

Overview

James Ferguson (1710-1776) was a Scottish self-taught astronomer, instrument maker and artist. Of humble background, he became a highly successful lecturer on experimental philosophy and science. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1763, received a royal pension, and is particularly remembered as an inventor and improver of astronomical and other scientific apparatus. These include a new type of orrery, clocks, and his astronomical rotula. His lectures and books were noted for their clear explanations for a general audience, and Astronomy Explained upon Sir Isaac Newton's Principles and Made Easy for Those Who Have Not Studied Mathematics (1756) was a bestseller. This autobiographical memoir, expanded by Ebenezer Henderson in 1867, also contains a full description of Ferguson's principal inventions, with many illustrations.

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