26 Oct '15, 1am

Eight objects covering seven centuries of science that led to the this — the Apple 1 computer http…

Our next lot is the rete of an astrolabe, one of the most beautiful objects of celestial cartography from the period. Often described as an ‘astronomical calculator’ the astrolabe was a symbol of astronomy in the Renaissance. Among its over one hundred functions, it could be used to predict the location of the Sun, Moon, planets and stars, to tell the time and as a tool for navigation. The rete is at the heart of the astrolabe and would be rotated to simulate the movement of the stars in the sky.

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