Brass and Glass ‘Digby Murray’s Patent Radial Set Square’
Brass and Glass ‘Digby Murray’s Patent Radial Set Square’
Brass and Glass ‘Digby Murray’s Patent Radial Set Square’

Brass and Glass ‘Digby Murray’s Patent Radial Set Square’

19th century England

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An Brass and Glass ‘Digby Murray’s Patent Radial Set Square’
Late 19th Century

Size: 13.5cm high, 22cm wide – 5¼ ins high, 8¾ ins wide
Provenance: Ex London Private collection
Astronomy, Navigation and Surveying were for long the three principal domains of the practical mathematical sciences and their instruments represented contemporary standards of precision and accuracy. The makers of these instruments set goals in precision for the rest of the trade and through instruments of navigation and surveying dispensed new standards of accuracy in practical problems. Their instruments may now be enjoyed in aesthetic terms for their simplicity of line, attention to detail and restrained decoration, but they also have conceptual and practical functions. They rest on mathematical techniques founded on theories of geometry, and on a conviction that technological problems could be managed by mathematical principles in order to provide a solution to an immediate practical problem.

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