Experimenting with Paper Instruments in Fifteenth-and Sixteenth-Century Astronomy: Computing Syzygies with Isotemporal Lines and Salt Dishes

@article{Kremer2011ExperimentingWP,
  title={Experimenting with Paper Instruments in Fifteenth-and Sixteenth-Century Astronomy: Computing Syzygies with Isotemporal Lines and Salt Dishes},
  author={R. Kremer},
  journal={Journal for the History of Astronomy},
  year={2011},
  volume={42},
  pages={223 - 258}
}
  • R. Kremer
  • Published 2011
  • Mathematics
  • Journal for the History of Astronomy
(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)This is a story of an astronomical "instrument" or "figure" - both names appear in the accompanying texts - that lived from about 1430 until 1550. Exemplars can be found on paper, parchment and thin cardboard, always bound in codices; I do not know whether the device ever appeared in brass. Although the conceptual structure of the instrument remained largely stable over its lifetime, its mathematical and graphical features refused to solidify into a… Expand
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