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Astronomy notes circa 1804

Identifier: Coll-1543

Scope and Contents

The bound manuscript volume contains notes on 'Astronomy' and 'Spherical Trigon[ometry]'. There are a number of sketches within the notes.


  • Creation: 1800-1806

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Biographical / Historical

This manuscript volume is contemporary with the period in which John Playfair (1748-1819), scientist and mathematician, was a Professor at Edinburgh University. Playfair had become Professor of Mathematics after Dugald Stewart (formerly holding the Mathematics chair) succeeded Adam Ferguson as Professor of Moral Philosophy in 1785. In 1802, he published his Illustrations of the Huttonian Theory of the Earth, and in 1805 he exchanged the chair of mathematics for that of natural philosophy in succession to John Robison, whom also he succeeded as general secretary to the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

The notes were probably taken down by a student.


1 volume

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Material acquired through purchase. Accession no: E2014.32.

Processing Information

Catalogued by Graeme D. Eddie 6 June 2014

Manuscript astronomical book - astronomy and mathematical notes, c. 1804
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Repository Details

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