Hydrostatics, Electricity, Astronomy, Optics, Astronomy, Electricity, Hydrostatics, Optics, and Notebooks
Notes, 1837-1838, of James Henderson Fitzgerald of Nottoway County, Va. taken from the lectures of Dr. John W. Draper at Hampden-Sydney College. The notes concern astronomy, optics, electicity, and hydrostatics.
A manuscript of science course notes, probably following the natural philosophy course of Robert Eden Scott of King's College Aberdeen (1769-1811), and offering insight into the teaching of physics at the height of the Industrial Revolution. The compiler was one William Watt, who was a student at the college 1806-1810, and who neatly adds his name to one of his careful illustrations, at end. It appears that William Watt may have used diagrams present in the 1805 edition of James Ferguson's "Lectures on select subjects in mechanic", and also from Olinthus Gregory's "Treatise of Mechanics" (1806) as a guide in preparing those included in this manuscript.