Title: Workshop on the Use and Mathematics of the Astrolabe
Authors: Roelens, Michel
de Graaf, Wilfred
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Aarhus University Denmark
Host Document: History and Epistemology in Mathematics Education. Proceedings of the Seventh European Summer University ESU 7 pages:357-371
Conference: European Summer University ESU edition:7 location:Copenhagen, Denmark date:14-18 July 2014
Abstract: For more than one thousand years the astrolabe was one of the most used astronomical instruments in both the Islamic World and Europe. It was used to locate and predict the positions of the sun and stars, for instance to determine local time. In the first part of the workshop, the participants learn how to use (a cardboard model of) the astrolabe. In the second part they study the mathematical and astronomical principles on which the astrolabe is based. We explain the mathematical properties of the stereographic projection and we show how the lines and circles on the astrolabe can be computed.
ISBN: 978-87-7684-737-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: AHb-p
Appears in Collections:Faculty of teacher education - UC Limburg

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