Surveying instrument, 16th century

Surveying instrument, 16th century

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Credit: KING'S COLLEGE LONDON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Surveying instrument. 16th-century artwork of a man pointing a Jacob's staff (Baculus Jacob) or cross-staff towards the top window of a stone tower. This device was an early surveying instrument used to measure angles, heights, and distances. This woodcut is from 'Margarita philosophica' (1503). This work, by the German author Georg Reisch (c.1467-1525), was an encyclopedic compilation of knowledge that became one of the standard textbooks of the time. The topics in its twelve books included grammar, dialectics, rhetoric, arithmetic, music, geometry, astronomy, physics, natural history, physiology, psychology, and ethics.

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