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Conceived as a reference guide for training engineers, tool designers, carrier technicians and engineering scholars. The similar fields of physics, mechanics and arithmetic are usually integrated to augment the knowledge of the subject material. old anecdotes way back to Hellenistic instances to fashionable scientists support illustrate in an exciting demeanour rules starting from impractical innovations in heritage to people who have replaced our lives.

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Worse, not all of the sailors’ tales were superstitious. Some referred to hard facts, such as the region’s ever-present fog, desolate coastlines, and uncharted reefs and sandbanks. It took Henry the Seafarer over a decade to convince his naval crews to try their luck. Offering generous compensations to the first seaman to round Cape Bojador, the king succeeded in 1422 to send off a fleet, but to no better end than seeing his ships prematurely retreat and sail home. Undisturbed, Henry made fifteen more such attempts, until in 1434 his skipper Gil Eanes, rather than fighting the many uncertainties of the cape, sailed west into the open ocean, then south, and finally back east, and found – surprise, surprise!

8). Protractors made 32 2 Angles and arcs part of the “must have” outfit of machine and architectonical designers and draftspersons in times bygone, when drawings were made on a drawing board with ruler, compass, triangles and – not to forget – protractors. The principal circle of a protractor counts counterclockwise, as it is standard in trigonometry. But Fig. 7. Protractor most protractors scales show clockwise markings too. The Carpenter’s Bevel (Fig. 8) is a combination of a precision protractor with an adjustable T-square.

That’s where the Sun stands at noon on the days of the equinoxes. 5 degrees above the celestial equator; and at winter solstice (around 22 December) by the same measure below. For the dates in between, tables of the Sun’s declination (its position above and under the celestial equator) have been available since antiquity. Such tables, named “Calendar Scales,” are often found engraved on the back of planispheric astrolabes and other historical instruments for maritime navigation. Cross staff angle measurement The cross-staff, a simple but fairly accurate device from Columbus’ times, also known as “Baculus Jacob” or “Jacob’s Staff” (Fig.

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