Communication Methods

  • Jane DesboroughEmail author


The way in which information was arranged on clock and watch dials and the notation used on the indices was an important part of the communication process in the period 1550–1770. There was a fluid boundary between dials and printed paper sources. Dials can be seen as a form of diagram, a moving diagram, but nevertheless, a diagram with hierarchies of information and pathways made for the eye to follow. By comparing them with diagrams that bear similar information in print, we can not only identify recognised languages of symbolism that were shared by both media, but also gain a better understanding of the significance of format changes within the wider context of perceptions of knowledge transmission in the period.

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  1. 1.Science MuseumLondonUK

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