A volvelle or wheel chart is a type of slide chart, a paper construction with rotating parts. It is considered an early example of a paper analog computer. Volvelles have been produced to accommodate organization and calculation in many diverse subjects. Early examples of volvelles are found in the pages of astronomy books. A sixteenth-century wheel chart, a page of. Astronomicum Caesareum [Ingolstadt, ]. ROSENWALD COLLECTION The “Emperor’s Astronomy” from the private press of Petrus Apianus is one of. In this edition of Treasures of the RAS, Librarian Jenny Higham introduces Astronomicum Caesareum by Peter Apian. This gorgeously coloured book was.

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Astronomicum Cæsareum

Astronomische Gesellschaft Abstract Series. The second part of the Astronomicum Caesareum deals primarily with observational problems and their graphical solutions. The following astrlnomical uses this file: Sorcerer and A Mind Forever Voyaging Production of the magnum opus must have taken the astronomer several years, for between and he published few other books. For example, the moving parts on folio [G5] conceal an entirely irrelevant base of an astrolabe, the fossil of a plan that was undoubtedly abandoned when Apianus realized how hard it would be to cut out all the lacelike paper caesarekm required for its movable star chart.

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Research Professor of Astronomy. For example, the volvelle on the right, adorned with a many-headed dragon, can be rotated to predict solar eclipses, while its intricate counterpart on the left makes it possible to forecast full and partial eclipses of the moon. Views Read Edit View history. They anticipate animal breeding cycles and calculate radiation exposure, measure chocolate consumption and quantify bridge tips, chart bird calls, convert metrics, and calculate taxes.

This part concludes with several movable devices for an assortment of chronological and astrological inquiries. Two games from the game company Infocom included volvelles inside their package as ” feelies “: This folio, xstronomical over an eight-year period, contains detailed astrological and astronomical data and charts, including twenty-one movable disks called volvelles.


The twentieth century saw a robust growth in the design, manufacture, and production of a new generation of independent, free-standing volvelles. Astronomicum Caesareum The Astronomy of the Caesarscreated by the German printer, mathematician, and cartographer Peter Apian, is one of the most lavish books on astronomy of all time.

Although he neglected his teaching duties, the university evidently was proud to host such an esteemed scientist. They would have 14 children together, five girls and nine sons, one of whom was Philipp Apian —who, in addition to his own research, preserved the legacy of his father. The astrnomical took approximately 8 years to produce: Through his work, Apian became a favourite of emperor Charles V.

At Landshut, he produced his Cosmographicus libera highly respected work on astronomy and navigation which was to see at least 30 reprints in 14 languages and that remained popular until the end of the 16th century. British Journal of Sociology. Categorically, they not only represent an unusually eclectic set of uses, but demonstrate, too, a remarkable range of stylistic, compositional, mechanical, informational, and kinetic conceits.

Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. A few books printed after managed to include even more complex assemblies of paper disks, but none achieved the total elegance and splendor of this volume. There are fortune-telling wheels and semaphore-charting wheels; emergency first-aid wheels and electronic fix-it wheels; playful wheels that test phonetics and prophylactic wheels that prevent pregnancy.

Our curators have highlighted 2 objects that are related to this one. Apianus was educated at the Latin school in Rochlitz. Astronomicum Caesareum is noted for its visual appeal. This page was last edited on 6 Novemberastgonomical Twentieth-century volvelles—often referred to as wheel charts —offer everything from inventory control to color calibration, mileage metering to verb conjugation. Before writing and crafting the Astronomicum CaesareumApianus had pioneered in publishing astronomixal filled with ingenious movable devices, the so-called volvelles.


Petrus Apianus April 16, — April 21,also known caesarejm Peter ApianPeter Bennewitzand Peter Bienewitz was a German humanistknown for his works in mathematicsastronomy and cartography. Object Timeline We acquired this object.

We photographed this object. Astronomicum Caesareum is noted for its visual appeal. Research Professor of Astronomy. Book facsimileAstronomicum Caesareum, Click the icon caesxreum save this object You added this object to your shoebox on Dec 31, When the plague broke out in Vienna inhe completed his studies with a B. Early Paper Astronomical Computers”.

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Revue d’histoire des sciences in French. The British Journal for the History of Science. Its dimensions are H x W x D closed: This page was last edited on 6 Octoberat Charles promised him a truly royal sum 3, golden guilders1 appointed him his court mathematician, and made him a Reichsritter a Free Imperial Knight and in even an Imperial Count Palatine.

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Petrus Apianus

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Object of the Day. Approximately copies survive, probably the majority of the copies printed, since it is unlikely that anyone would throw away such a fascinating caesareu. Charles promised him a truly royal sum astronomicmu, golden guilders1 appointed him his court mathematician, and made him a Reichsritter a Free Imperial Knight and in even an Imperial Count Palatine.

Petrus Apianus – Wikipedia

Views Read Edit View history. This image comes from Gallica Digital Library and is available under the digital ID btv1b This tag does not indicate the copyright status caesareuk the attached work. Wissenschaftliche Instrumente in ihrer Zeit.