The Arts Chairs

Roger L. Emerson

in Academic Patronage in the Scottish Enlightenment

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780748625963
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653652 | DOI:
The Arts Chairs

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This chapter discusses the Arts chairs in mathematics, astronomy, Greek, the regencies, and the professorships of philosophy. It considers the later appointments to chairs from which were taught the subjects of the core curriculum other than Latin. It observes that most is known about the mathematics appointments, which were always made with an eye to the competence of the appointees. It reports that the first of the men appointed to the new chair in 1674 was said to have been partially picked by Sir Andrew Balfour, a virtuoso who, with Sir Robert Sibbald, is regarded as one of the founders of the Botanical Garden in Edinburgh. It reports that Balfour had a principal hand in procuring the Mathematical Chair for Mr James Gregory, the celebrated inventor of the reflecting telescope.

Keywords: mathematics; astronomy; Greek; philosophy; Latin; Sir Andrew Balfour; Sir Robert Sibbald; Botanical Garden; James Gregory; reflecting telescope

Chapter.  16936 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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