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Jefferson-era orrery, reconstructed

James Ferguson, 1710-1776, was a sort of “Bill Nye the Science Guy” of the middle to late 1700s. A fellow of the Royal Society, he had done important work in observing and understanding the moon’s orbit, but his true calling turned out to be explaining science to the general public. Some of his works still make good reading today. He strove for simple, elegant solutions and didn’t waste words. Perhaps he put it best in “Select Mechanical Exercises”:  “The simpler that any machine is, the better it will be allowed to be, by every man of science.”

Cabinet

View Room Panorama Dimensions: 18' 6" x 11' 10"; ceiling 10' 0"   Order: Tuscan Source: Palladio   Color: There is some evidence that the room was originally wallpapered; today painted oyster white.