The defects of an university education,and its unsuitableness to a commercial
people: with the expediency and necessity of erecting at Glasgow, an Academy,
for the instruction of youth.
William Thom, Minister of Govan, was a virulent critic of Glasgow University. This ironic pamphlet expressed the feeling that the education given in the University did not keep pace with the needs of the times - 'we reckon Logic and Metaphysics ... are to the greatest Part of Students quite unintelligible; and if they could be understood, we cannot for our Life discover their Use.' It was this feeling which caused John Anderson, Professor of Natural Philosophy at Glasgow University, to plan his own University in the city, which would in particular provide a scientific education for skilled artisans.
A treatise on education.