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Sci Tech    H4'ed 3/21/21

The Story of the Astrolabe, the Original, 2000 Year-Old Smartphone

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Imagine a device that can do everything: Give you the time, your location, your horoscope, and even help you make decisions—all with the swipe of a hand. It’s overpriced, customizable and comes with a variety of bells and whistles. No, this isn’t the iPhone 7. It’s the astrolabe, a remarkably versatile tool that was used for centuries in European and Islamic cultures before being quietly overshadowed by newer technologies.

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Nice "Ted Talk" about the Astrolabe


Copy of Tom Wujec demos the 13th century astrolabe
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