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Renaissance Astrolabes and Their Makers Gerard LEstrange Turner

Renaissance Astrolabes and Their Makers

Gerard LEstrange Turner

Published September 5th 2003
ISBN : 9780860789031
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320 pages
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Gerard Turner has collected here his essays on European astrolabes and related topics. By 1600 the astrolabe had nearly ceased to be made and used in the West, and before that date there was little of the source material for the study of instrumentsMoreGerard Turner has collected here his essays on European astrolabes and related topics. By 1600 the astrolabe had nearly ceased to be made and used in the West, and before that date there was little of the source material for the study of instruments that exists for more modern times. It is necessary to read the instruments themselves, and astrolabes in particular are rich in all sorts of information, mathematical, astronomical, metallurgical, in addition to what they can reveal about craftsmanship, the existence of workshops and economic and social conditions.