Devoted husband of Newborn ICU nurse Carol, father of Max, 21, and Sara, 18. Architectural millworker (woodworker) for 25 years. Home shop machinist and former Mount Washington Railway Company steam locomotive engineer. Current Monticello Guide. Am working at reproducing some of Jefferson's scientific instruments and gadgets for tours with children and their families.
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.”more »