Natural Philosophy Collection

Working

Our collection represents equipment used for 250 years of teaching and research in Natural Philosophy, the name traditionally used in Scottish Universities for Physics.

Areas of interest covered include:

  • mechanics
  • optics
  • electricity and magnetism
  • sound
  • heat
  • astronomy
  • meteorology
  • surveying
  • radiation
  • X-rays in medicine and crystallography
  • electronics
  • computing
  • properties of materials
  • precision instrumentation

It is one of the best such collections kept by any Physics Department in Britain, both in respect of the range of subjects covered and the continuity over the past two hundred years.

Some items may be seen in our permanent public display accessible from the foyer of the Fraser Noble Building. This display is open on weekdays from 8:30am to 6pm. An additional adjacent case is used for displays of contemporary relevance.