Saturday, January 28, 2012

Leonhard Zubler's Nova Instrumentum Geometricum

Leonhard Zubler wrote Nova Instrumentum Geometricum in 1607. Zubler (d. 1611) was a Swiss goldsmith and instrument maker. He is credited with introducing the use of the plane table into modern surveying. This book demonstrates and promotes the use of his instruments in techniques of triangulation. Many of the situations depicted concern warfare. Note the two surveyors flanking the title page, proudly holding their measuring instruments.

The image above is page 23 of Zubler’s Instrumentum and demonstrates a triangulation technique for obtaining the distance to a fortress.

Leonhard Zubler's Nova Instrumentum Geometricum 

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