Wired has just ran an article everybody interested in Scotland’s innovative history should have a look at: Nov 30th: A St Andrew’s day salute to Scottish inventors. Scotland was indeed a nation of inventors: Watt (steam engine), McAdam (macadam), Bell (telephone), Blyth (windmill) and Napier (logarithm) just to cite a handful of them. Scotland’s world ranked universities are certainly the legacy of these industrial and intellectual inventions. For those interested in learning more, the book How The Scots Invented The Modern World is a good read. An interesting read is also Boycott Scotland (.co.uk).