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Sphaerae Mundi: Early Globes at the Stewart Museum, Montreal
Sphaerae Mundi: Early Globes at the Stewart Museum, Montreal
by Edward Dahl
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 61.82

4.0 out of 5 stars Globes at the Stewart Museum, 15 July 2009
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Early globes combine science and art as stated by Mrs. Stewart, president of the Stewart Museum in her foreword. The introduction by Peter van der Krogt gives the scientific viewpoint and the following section by Robert Derome the art historians approach to globes. The next chapters describe in detail the collection of globes and spheres all originating from Europe (The Netherlands, England, Germany, Italy, Sweden and France) covering a time frame of 300 years (1533 till about 1840). All Globes are shown in color pictures with detailed and valuable background information. This beautiful produced book is therefore highly recommended for globe lovers and collectors.


Making Scientific Instruments in the Industrial Revolution (Science, Technology & Culture, 1700-1945) (Science, Technology and Culture, 1700-1945)
Making Scientific Instruments in the Industrial Revolution (Science, Technology & Culture, 1700-1945) (Science, Technology and Culture, 1700-1945)
by A.D. Morrison-Low
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 82.55

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3.0 out of 5 stars A missed opportunity, 19 Jun 2009
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The title "Making Scientific Instruments in the Industrial Revolution" should have been followed by "in England" and tells exactly what you can find in this book, but no more. Much information on this subject has been gathered and given in detail, however the intention of the author to give an better overview and a more multi disciplinary approach has unfortunately not been fulfilled. The study lacks a proper economic or management model such as given by Michael Porter in his books "Competitive Strategy" and "Competitive advantage of Nations" and also underestimates the importance of Technological change. Technology push and Market pull and the role of substitute products are not properly presented. As an example the Barometer is mainly discussed as an domestic instrument, as has been done by Goodison in "English Barometers", but not as a scientific measurement instrument as given by Middleton in his "The History of the Barometer". The importance of accuracy and portability is not discussed at all, as well as the change from "Mercury" to "Aneroid". Certainly a missed opportunity for all the work done on this subject.


Sundials at Greenwich: A Catalogue of the Sundials, Nocturnals, and Horary Quadrants in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
Sundials at Greenwich: A Catalogue of the Sundials, Nocturnals, and Horary Quadrants in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
by Hester Higton
Edition: Hardcover

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4.0 out of 5 stars The sundials of the World, 24 May 2009
Sundials at Greenwich is the second volume describing the wonderful collection of scientific instruments of the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich UK. The book has two sections, as the previous volume on Globes. Part one gives some background information on particular aspects of the history of Sundials. The second and most important part gives detailed descriptions and illustrations of all 413 items of the collection. They are subdivided by type such as Direction dials, Altitude dials, Multiple dials etc. For each type there is a very brief explanation given at the start. Also Nocturnals and Imitations are described. The Appendices include a list of makers and retailers. There are many books on the subject of Sundials; the strength of this book is the amount of detailed information on a large number of different types of Sundials from all parts of the world. For the Sundial collector or fan it is therefore an excellent reference book.
If your main interest is just the different types of portable sundials made, with an explanation and some examples, the author has also written an excellent and much cheaper introduction into this subject called: Sundials, an illustrated history of portable dials.


Astrolabes at Greenwich: A Catalogue of the Astrolabes in the National Maritime Museum
Astrolabes at Greenwich: A Catalogue of the Astrolabes in the National Maritime Museum
by Koenraad van Cleempoel
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 154.27

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5.0 out of 5 stars The wonderful world of the Astrolabe, 24 May 2009
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Astrolabes at Greenwich is the third volume describing the collection of scientific instruments of the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich UK. The book has two sections, as the previous volumes on Globes and Sundials. Part one gives general background information on in this case the Astrolabe such as: provenance, construction, literature, art, scales, authenticity etc. The second part gives detailed descriptions and illustrations of all 53 items of the collection, including notes on authenticity and "fake" items which are to be found in this collection, but also in many collections elsewhere. Both parts are very detailed and give valuable information on the Astrolabe. Unlike the Globe and the Sundial, there are less books on this subject and not many Astrolabes are offered on the market, so there are limited possibilities to study these in detail. This book is really a mine of information on the construction and history of this noble and beautiful instrument.


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