Make your own Astrolabe

by Dominic Ford

11. Acknowledgements

The model presented in this paper came about initially at the suggestion of Katie Birkwood, Hoyle Project Associate at the Library, St John's College, Cambridge, who wanted a model astrolabe to use in an exhibition, The Way to the Stars: Build Your Own Astrolabe, during the Cambridge Science Festival in 2010 March. I am grateful to Matthew Smith for compiling the list of saints' days shown on the reverse side of the mother.


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