Lathe, 16th century artwork

Lathe, 16th century artwork

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Caption: Lathe, 16th century artwork. Lathes are machines used to rotate an object about an axis, to perform symmetrical cutting or drilling operations. This is a type of pole lathe, using the tension of a bow string (top) to pull upwards on a cord that is pulled downwards to start the lathe spinning. This is an engraving from a book by the French inventor and mathematician Jacques Besson (circa 1540-1573). The book was titled Theatre des instrumens mathematiques et mechaniques (Theatre of mathematical and mechanical instruments). This artwork is from an edition published in Lyon in 1596.

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