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Instrument making
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Instrument making here means the work of craftspeople manufacturing aids to analyzing, explaining, illustrating, and displaying natural phenomena (not, for instance, the making of musical or medical instruments). At the end of the Middle Ages, instrument makers were primarily producing equipment for astronomy and geodesy, such as armillary spheres, terrestrial and celestial globes, astrolabes, quadrants, nocturnals, sundials, dividers and drawing i…

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Plaßmeyer, Peter, “Instrument making”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 01 April 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_021473>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124

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