The 2004 Graduate Course Student Exhibition.
Hilary Term 2004
The astrolabe’s instructional value and its popularity were notably increased by the invention of Gutenberg’s printing press in the mid-15th century. As a result of this invention, the instrument could be easily reproduced and diffused more widely in instructional publications. This made the astrolabe accessible to a much broader public. Students, tradesmen and professionals could join royalty in experimenting with its use and construction.