Banffshire-born astronomer and scientist James Ferguson (1710-1776) is the focus of the next 'treasures' display at the National Library of Scotland.
Ferguson's books, notebooks, drawings and instruments tell us much about the man who helped make science popular in the 19th century. His public lectures were a success due to his simple explanations and the ground-breaking mechanical inventions he devised for demonstrations.
Self-taught Ferguson was also a popular writer. His first work appeared in print in 1742, just before he moved to London from Scotland. He wrote papers for the Royal Society, and was elected a Fellow in 1763.
The James Ferguson display is part of this year's Edinburgh International Science Festival. It is free and open daily.
12 March 2010