Sunday 3 June 2018

Sunday Snap – The Economist

We were in Edinburgh for last week's Sunday Snap of the city volcano. I asked what its name is and the answer is

Arthur's Seat

Erupting with the right answer were Susan, Lisa, Kara, Anne and Soma.

We're staying in Edinburgh for this week's Sunday Snap and making our way up the Royal Mile. Just outside of St. Giles' Cathedral is this statue. Although it looks as if it has been in place for years it was actually unveiled in 2008 – such is the lasting influence of a man born in 1723.

His start in life was quite inauspicious with his father dying very early on (some reports state before he was born, others when he was two months old). However, this did not have an effect on his education. By the age of fourteen he had enrolled at the University of Glasgow before moving on to Oxford. He returned to Scotland and was appointed as professor of logic and then professor of moral philosophy at Glasgow University. He was able to travel abroad when he became the tutor to the young Duke of Buccleuch. On his travels he was able to meet some of the famous European intellectuals of the time such as Voltaire, Rousseau and Quesnay.

Upon his return he was able to complete his masterpiece - An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations – more commonly shortened to The Wealth of Nations. Today it remains a fundamental text in economics dealing with topics such as division of labour, productivity and free markets. Quite fittingly his image has appeared on bank notes issued in both Scotland and England. Since 2007 he can be seen on the back of the £20 note issued by the Bank of England – the first Scotsman to receive such an honour. This week's question is

Who is the Scottish economist? 

We were joined last week by Susan and sports day successes. Lisa has been making a lunar themed ard. On a trip to Weymouth Kara spotted a penguin at the Sea Life Centre and the Olympic Rings on the cliff. The trampoline is finally up at Anne's. Finally, Jesh has been rounding up the month of May.

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  1. I’m sure it’s Adam Smith, but not 100%. How are you, lovely? X

  2. I'm not sure I could answer a question about American Economists, much less Scottish. It looks like he is looking down at you as you take the picture.

  3. I have a vague inkling it's Adam Smith, from economics lessons many years ago !

  4. It's Adam Smith on the back of a £20 note. I do remember learning a little about him during studies many moons ago. Thanks for hosting x


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