Reading Descartes: The Case of Colin Campbell

By Philippe Schmid | Biography of a Student Teaching at Scottish universities underwent a period of change during the seventeenth century. While Aristotelian philosophy and scholastic methods of teaching were still dominant until the end of the century, many developments in natural philosophy were introduced into the curriculum. By the beginning of the eighteenth century, […]

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William Sanders: A Life of Science and Satire

Satire in Scotland Scientific disputes were not uncommon in the seventeenth century. However, some basic civilities had to be observed. When in 1667 James Gregory (c. 1638–1675), who held the first Regius Chair of Mathematics at the University of St Andrews, started a fight with the famous polymath Christiaan Huygens (1629–1695), the Royal Society had […]