Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy

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Astronomical Instruments, Renaissance

  • Matteo Cosci
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-02848-4_899-1

Abstract

Although not all the traditional instruments enjoyed a contemporaneous parabola of fortune, it is possible to include the following items in a sufficiently comprehensive Renaissance astronomical equipment list: the quadrant, the triquetrum, the astrolabe, the armillary sphere, the nocturnal, Jacob’s staff, the sextant, the equatorium, and the celestial globe. Unsurprisingly, it was the telescope that turned out to be the actual game-changer in the observational field.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matteo Cosci
    • 1
  1. 1.Università Ca’ FoscariVeniceItaly

Section editors and affiliations

  • Matteo Valleriani
    • 1
  1. 1.Max Planck Institute for the History of ScienceBerlinGermany