The Untold Story

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 Untold Story

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This chapter discusses the accomplishments of St Andrews during this period in trying to keep up with its competitors, though it failed to do so. It observes that St Andrews had shown concerns with science from at least 1668, when James Gregory I was appointed to the newly founded chair of mathematics. It reports that his teaching had been continued by his successor, William Sanders, who earlier had assisted Gregory in experiments related to polemics against George Sinclair. It further reports that James Gregory II, for a brief while, sustained the introduction of the ‘new science’, which in his case meant not Copernican and Galilean theories but Newtonianism, as can be seen from still-extant St Andrews theses of 1690.

Keywords: St Andrews; science; James Gregory I; mathematics; William Sanders; George Sinclair; James Gregory II; Galilean theories; Newtonianism

Chapter.  7886 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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