Sunday, February 13, 2011

Jefferson and Ferguson

James Ferguson (1710-1776) is known for designing orreries, or mechanical models of the Solar System. He was greatly admired by our national hero, and contemporary Thomas Jefferson and the staff at Monticello recently completed a beautiful reproduction of one of Ferguson's models.

Check out our /museum pages for more information on the history of timekeeping, and similar mechanics.

Check out more information on the great Monticello Blog!

[Thanks to Charles Morrill.]

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