The Museum of the History of Science (V)

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Photography by Carlos Dorce

One of the curious objects of the collection is this Tamil charm with a magic square that is not dated. The copper plate carries a magic square in Tamil characters where the letters are equivalent to numbers.

We can also find these Italian engraved discs from the 17th or 18th century:

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Although the purposes of these brass discs is not fully known, the were probably magical. [The left one] is engraved with a solar calendar, the signs of the zodiac, and the names of the angels supposed to govern them. [The other disc] has a representation of the Aristotelian cosmos.

And this is the Monument to Mathematics:

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Photography by Carlos Dorce

This alabaster sculpture illustrates the regular polyhedra and it was presented to the Bodleian Library in 1620 by Sir Clement Edmonds, Fellow of All Souls:

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Location: The Museum of the History of Science (map)

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