A Treatise of Mathematical Instruments by John Robertson
A reprint of the 1775 third edition
It is needless to enumerate the many purposes to which mathematical instruments serve; their use seems quite necessary to persons employed in most of the active stations of life.
The Architect, whether civil, military, or naval, never offers to effect any undertaking, before he has first made use of his rule and compasses, and fixed upon a scheme or drawing; which unavoidably requires those instruments, and others equally necessary.
The Engineer, cannot well attempt to put in execution and design, whether for defence, offence, ornament, pleasure, &c. without first laying before his view, the plan of the whole; which is not to be conveniently performed, but by rulers, compasses, &c.
There are indeed, very few good Artificers, who have not, in some measure, occasion for the use of one or more mathematical instruments; and whenever there is required, an accurate drawing or representation of a thing to be executed; that collection of instruments, usually put into portable cases, is then absolutely necessary:
A Treatise of Mathematical Instruments contains a complete description of a range of tools that are useful in mathematics, surveying, architecture, navigation, drafting, gunnery, physics, and illustration. It covers the sector (a form of calculator that predates the slide rule), the gunner's calipers, the proportional compasses, and a variety of lesser instruments.
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- Paperback: 284 pages
- Publisher: Invisible College Press (November 1, 2002)
- ISBN-10: 1931468117
- ISBN-13: 978-1931468114
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