Early Modern Mathematical Instruments

  title={Early Modern Mathematical Instruments},
  author={Jim A. Bennett},
  pages={697 - 705}
In considering the appropriate use of the terms “science” and “scientific instrument,” tracing the history of “mathematical instruments” in the early modern period is offered as an illuminating alternative to the historian's natural instinct to follow the guiding lights of originality and innovation, even if the trail transgresses contemporary boundaries. The mathematical instrument was a well-defined category, shared across the academic, artisanal, and commercial aspects of instrumentation… 
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