16th Century Bookwheels, the E-Readers of the Renaissance, Get Brought to Life by 21st Century Designers

Wed, 8 Jul 2020 03:20:05 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"Most of us, through our computers or our even our phones, have access
to more books than we could ever read in one lifetime. That certainly
wouldn't have been the case in, say, the middle ages, when books —
assuming you belonged to the elite who could read them in the first
place — were rare and precious objects. Both books and literacy became
more common during the Renaissance, though acquaintance with both could
still be considered the sign of a potentially serious scholar. And for
the most serious Renaissance scholars of all, Italian military engineer
Agostino Ramelli designed the bookwheel, an elaborate mechanical device
allowing the user to turn from one book to another in relatively quick

Via Esther Schindler.

Share and enjoy,
                *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
http://glasswings.com.au/             Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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