How instrumental is aÂ scientificÂ apparatus? This week we explore interfaces available for getting in touch with the world at various scales â€” micro or macro. Topics include universal geometry, mental models, graphic diagrams, functional interfaces, and manipulable physical devices, all pointing to what we can call object-dependent ways of knowing the world.
- Chaucer, A Treatise on the Astrolabe,Â from Riverside ChaucerÂ (on reserve)
- Anon., The Equatorie of the Planetis (within Peterhouse, Cambridge, MS 75.I), fromÂ Kari Anne Rand Schmidt, The Authorship of the Equatorie of the Planetis (Cambridge, 1993), on reserve
- Online virtual model of the Equatorie
- Anon., The Shippe of Venys (from Trinity College, Cambridge, MS 0.5.26), in Kari Anne Rand Schmidt, The Authorship of the Equatorie of the Planetis (Cambridge, 1993), on reserve.
- Barad, Meeting the Universe Halfway (pp. 134-61 and more if possible) — ebook
- Recommended: Drucker,Â Graphesis;Â Clark,Â Natural-Born Cyborgs;Â Rotman,Â Mathematics as Sign;Â Parikka,Â A Geology of Media
See what Michael and Cary Huang have doneÂ hereÂ (an update on the Eamses)
See ChronoZoomÂ (the first timeline tailored to understanding all of the pastâ€”from the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago, to Todayâ€”in a single comprehensive view)
Al Jarnowâ€™s â€œCosmic Clock” (another non-human scale of time)
Visualization of the parts of theÂ Astrolabe