Angle measurement

Angle measurement

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Caption: Angle measurement. Engraving of a cannon and a device (top right) for finding its firing elevation. This device and method were devised by the Italian mathematician Niccolo Tartaglia (1501- 1557). In his treatise on gunnery, Nova Scientia (1537; "New Science") Tartaglia showed how the path of a projectile is curved, and that a projectile travels the furthest distance when fired at an angle of 45 degrees to the ground.

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Keywords: 16th, artillery, artwork, black-and-white, cannon, engraving, firing angle, gun, historical, history of science, illustration, mathematical, mathematical equipment, mathematics, measurement, measuring, physics, sixteenth century

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