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Monuments: Playfair Monument

By City of Edinburgh Council

Designed by William Henry Playfair in memory of his uncle, John Playfair (1748-1819). John Playfair was a Scottish scientist and mathematician, and a professor of natural philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. He is best known for his book. 'Illustrations of the Huttonian Theory of the Earth' (1802), which summarised the work of James Hutton. The influence of James Hutton on the development of geology is thought to be largely due to its publication.
Calton Hill