James Ferguson FRS

James Ferguson FRS

Postby bobbee » December 7th 2016, 3:12pm

This book was published in 1773, just three years before the author, James Ferguson FRS, died.

https://archive.org/stream/lifejamesfer ... /whalebone

This amazing gent was a self-taught astronomer, clock and instrument maker, and an eminent mathematician. The short auto-biography at the end of the book is an extremely interesting insight on the man's life, including how as a quite young man he made a working watch from wood with a whalebone spring!
Truly a great man.
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Re: James Ferguson FRS

Postby koimaster » December 7th 2016, 6:36pm

Good read, thanks


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