Wooden pulley orrery made by James Ferguson to illustrate the motions of the Moon and Earth around the Sun.
During the 18th century Isaac Newton's theories of the universe were popularised by astronomical lecturers and instrument-makers such as James Ferguson. Ferguson published accessible, illustrated accounts of Newton’s ideas and produced demonstration model orreries. This orrery is based on Ferguson's 'mechanical paradox' design, with wooden wheels operated by pulleys.
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- 1934-134 Pt2
- planetaria (models)
- Mr Thomas H. Court
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