EARLY SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS

By: Hawkes, Nigel

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EARLY SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS by Hawkes, Nigel
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Abberville Press Publishers, New York. 1981. This lively chronicle of the scientific frontier will enthrall the armchair inventor. As a vivid record of man's technical ingenuity through the ages. Among the highlights of the diverse and fascinating collection assembled here are a 16th century sundial that keeps time according to five different systems; a model of Newton's reflecting telescope; A German Astolabe of 1548; 18th Century Nocturnal; 16th Century Sandglass; Kendall's Third Marine Clock and Hadley's Reflecting Quadrant of 1730 .Each of the 73 instruments included is shown in a generous, full-color reproduction, accompanied by an informative commentary that explains the principles of its function and marks its place in the development of scientific technology. A concise introductory overview is provided by D. J. Bryden, Curator of the Whipple Museum of the History of Science at Cambridge University. Near fine condition. Illustrated dust jacket over black cloth covered end boards. 164pp. 290 x 225 mm

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