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"The Description and Use of an Instrument Called the Double Scale of Proportion"
Object type: book
Maker: Date made: 1671
Measurements: 6 3/4 in x 4 1/2 in x 1 in
Nomenclature: documentary artifacts
Classification: communications artifacts
slide rule manual ; by Seth Partridge, London, 1671 Includes original documentation of 1776 eclipse off Gibralter and travel notes
Seth Partridge's book is the oldest artifact in the MIT Museum collection that relates to the history of the slide rule. In the back of the volume are handwritten notes from a 1776 trip to Gibralter to witness the eclipse of the sun. [label text from The Most Important Instrument: Slide Rules and the Making of the Modern World]