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Academic Patronage in the Scottish EnlightenmentGlasgow, Edinburgh and St Andrews Universities$
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Roger L. Emerson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748625963

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625963.001.0001

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The Untold Story

The Untold Story

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Academic Patronage in the Scottish Enlightenment

Roger L. Emerson

Edinburgh University Press

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

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