Rather than demo another new technology, Tom Wujec reaches back to one of our earliest but most ingenious devices — the astrolabe. With thousands of uses, from telling time to mapping the night sky, this old tech reminds us that the ancient can be as brilliant as the brand-new.

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  1. #1 MadScientist
    December 24, 2009

    Cool – I’ll stick to the printed plastic ones though (but a cast bronze one would be nice on the shelf). That should go well with my averaging octant (strangely labeled as an “integrating sextant”).

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