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Renaissance Vision from Spectacles to Telescopes (Memoirs of the American… (original 2007; edition 2007)

by Vincent Ilardi

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Title:Renaissance Vision from Spectacles to Telescopes (Memoirs of the American Philosophical Society) (Memoirs of the America
Authors:Vincent Ilardi
Info:Amer Philosophical Society (2007), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 378 pages
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Renaissance Vision from Spectacles to Telescopes (Memoirs of the American Philosophical Society) (Memoirs of the America by Vincent Ilardi (2007)

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In memory of Vasco Ronchi (1897-1988), and with gratitude to Lorenz Boninger, Richard A. Goldthwaite, Nina Ficarra Ilardi, Charles E. Letocha, Guido Lopez, Marco Spallanzani, Sergio Tognetti, and with thanks to Essilor of America, Inc.
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Are eyeglasses one of the most important inventions in the last two thousand years?
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This book deals with the history of eyeglasses from their invention in Italy ca. 1286 to the appearance of the telescope three centuries later. By the end of the 16th century eyeglasses were as common in western & central Europe as desktop computers are in western developed countries today. Eyeglasses served an important technological function at both the intellectual & practical level, not only easing the textual studies of scholars but also easing the work of craftsmen/small businessmen. An important synthesis of this book is that Florence, rather than Venice, seems to have dominated the commercial market for eyeglasses during the 15th century, when two crucial developments occurred: the ability to grind convex lenses for various levels of presbyopia & the ability to grind concave lenses for the correction of myopia. As a result, eyeglasses could be made almost to prescription by the early 17th century. Illus.

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