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Near the tomb of Tycho Brahe

My friend Kate and I found our selves in a conversation today about Tycho Brahe. Through Wikipedia I learned many interesting and unlikely details about his life. His body currently lies not far from the Prague Astronomical Clock which is also interesting and unlikely.

Prague Astronomical Clock. (Wikipedia)

Before the eReader there was the wheelReader

I particularly enjoy how this plate depicts each element of the mechanism — some of which are disassembled upon the floor.

Agostino Ramelli, Le diverse et artificiose machine del Capitano Agostino Ramelli (The various and ingenious machines of Captain Agostino Ramelli), 1588.

Agostino Ramelli, Le diverse et artificiose machine del Capitano Agostino Ramelli (The various and ingenious machines of Captain Agostino Ramelli), 1588.

More wheels within wheels

More influence from Ezekiel’s vision (see yesterday’s post) can be found in the “Flammarian engraving.”

Camille Flammarion, L'atmosphère: météorologie populaire, 1888.

“A naïve missionary of the Middle Ages even tells us that, in one of his voyages in search of the terrestrial paradise, he reached the horizon where the earth and the heavens met, and that he discovered a certain point where they were not joined together, and where, by stooping his shoulders, he passed under the roof of the heavens.” Camille Flammarion, L’atmosphère: météorologie populaire, 1888.

Two wings or six

Carmen figuratum, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, 12th century.

Carmen figuratum, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, 12th century.

This carmen figuratum concerns the centuries-long iconographic dispute as to whether angels were to be depicted as described in Exodus or Ezekiel. Continue reading