n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - The Astrolabe, James E. Morrison : book review




Astrolabes have an aura about them that generates fascination among people from all walks of life. Aficionados have ranged from the early English poet Geoffrey Chaucer, whose 'Treatise on the Astrolabe' of 1391 was written for a 10-year old boy, through the nineteenth-century pioneer of spectroscopic astronomy, William Huggins, to George Ellery Hale, the erstwhile promoter of giant telescopes. The attraction of astrolabes must stem from their beauty and collectability. Many of the surviving instruments exhibit exquisite workmanship that displays the most intricate detail and ornamentation.


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