An Introduction to the Astrolabe
Posted by Darin Hayton on 02/07 at 12:16 AM
An earlier post offered a short history of the astrolabe. That post came from material I use in my introductory history of science course. I thought it might be fun to bulk up that post a bit with additional material and convert the whole thing into an ePamphlet. Now there is a section on craftsmen and workshops, a short section on types of uses, and a section on further reading.
At the moment, there are two formats: a PDF file and an iBooks file. You are welcome to download either or both—the content is identical. In some ideal world I would also make it available in the Kindle, Nook, and standard ePub formats. But I have limited time and energy. If there is considerable outcry, I will consider creating one of those formats. Otherwise, here are the two files:
Note: I have revised a couple parts of the text and updated the section on further reading to reflect a new article/website. Both files have been updated.
The PDF version: An Introduction to the Astrolabe
The iBooks version: An Introduction to the Astrolabe