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Knowledge in Motion: An Early European Astrolabe and Its Possible Medieval Itinerary

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This article discusses the place and date of origin, the earlier whereabouts, and subsequent travels of an unsigned and undated early European astrolabe (International Instrument Checklist IIC #0191) now preserved in Oxford, in the Museum of the History of Science. After taking into consideration earlier descriptions, it investigates the evidence given by the astrolabe concerning its localisation and dating, and suggests a possible itinerary of this instrument. In the Appendix a full description of the astrolabe is provided.

Affiliations: 1: Exzellenzcluster “Normative Ordnungen,” Frankfurt University Frankfurt am MainGermany


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