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Unfortunately what is little recognized is that the most worthwhile scientific books are those in which the author clearly indicates what he does not know; for an author most hurts his readers by concealing difficulties.
In N. Rose (ed.), Mathematical Maxims and Minims, Raleigh NC: Rome Press Inc., 1988.
Tycho Brahe's astronomical instruments
Title page of Tycho Brahe's Astronomiae instauratae mechanica. Brahe was the foremost astronomer of his time, particularly noted for his accurate celestial measurements. His radial observations were consistently correct within one second of arc. This accuracy was due in large part to the excellence of his self designed instruments, most of which are described in this book. For a complete translation of his table of contents and listing of instruments see http://www.kb.dk/en/nb/tema/webudstillinger/brahe_mechanica/.
An illustration from Brahe’s instauratae showing his great mural quadrant. This functioning quadrant was actually painted on the wall of his observatory, Uraniborg at Hven.