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The Construction and Principal Uses of Mathematical Instruments

N. Bion, 2nd Ed., 1758
Translated and supplemented by Edmund Stone

The Construction and Principal Uses of Mathematical Instruments, N. Bion, 2nd Ed. 1758

This translation by Edmund Stone of Nicholas Bion’s great classic is further enriched by Stone’s many additions that both update the original text and expand it to include English instruments and practices.


This second edition has become the authoritative text, with its descriptions, illustrations and explanations of all the significant scientific instruments of the mid-18th century.

These include drawing instruments, the carpenter’s joint-rule, gauging rods, various slide rules, the Gunter scale, sectors, compasses, microscopes, telescopes, quadrants, micrometers, globes, orrerys, sun dials, water clocks, surveying crosses, forestaffs and cross staffs, theodolites, levels, gunnery instruments...and many more.

400 pages, Hardcover, B&W, 9" x 12", © 1995
Order Number: AP603...........$59.50

“A remarkable, and remarkably complete, window on the 18th century…highly recommended.” —IEEE Annals of the History of Computing

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