By Craig F. Bohren
Memorable and carefully comprehensible technology classes, liberally sprinkled with humor, will fascinate starting physics scholars in addition to different readers in such chapters as "On a transparent Day You Can't See Forever," "Physics on a Manure Heap," "A homicide in Ceylon," and "Multiple Scattering on the Breakfast Table."
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All three names appear on both globes. Mercator and Van der Heyden carried out the engraving, with van der Heyden also printing the gores. Gemma used a mixture of sources for the cartography, ranging from Ptolemy to the most recent accounts that were available from Spanish and Portuguese authors. There is a dedication on the globe to Maximilianus Transylvanus, Councillor to Emperor Charles V, from whom Gemma obtained much of the information about the Spanish discoveries. This terrestrial globe also has a selection of important stars, positioned as they would be on a celestial globe, with terrestrial longitude and latitude doubling up to give a celestial co-ordinate framework (right ascension and declination).
Lithography gradually took over from engraving as the main printing technique used for globes. A wide range of paper was used for the printing of gores. It can be surprisingly thin in some cases, considering the manipulation it had to go through to be stretched and coaxed into place, and then burnished to ease out wrinkles. A starchbased paste was commonly used to attach the gores to the plaster shell. Only then would the gores and horizon ring be coloured. Until the introduction of lithographically printed globes, all colour was applied by hand.
Damage to this globe includes a split at the equatorial join, and losses of paper and plaster. The varnish has become discoloured by natural ageing. later on, the circular base was phased out and the flat stretchers which supported the circular base were replaced with turned stretchers. It should be noted that there is a correct way to position a globe in its stand. The graduated face of the brass meridian ring should be aligned with the north–south axis on the horizon ring. Placing the globe incorrectly in its stand can cause damage through abrasion.
Clouds in a Glass of Beer: Simple Experiments in Atmospheric Physics by Craig F. Bohren