Article ID: CBB001551916

Metrics of Justice (2015)


Behrmann, Carolin (Author)

Nuncius: Annali di Storia della Scienza
Volume: 30, no. 1
Issue: 1
Pages: 161-194

Publication Date: 2015
Edition Details: Part of a Series: Iconography on Scientific Instruments
Language: English

This paper examines a polyhedral dial from the British Museum made by the instrument maker Ulrich Schniep, and discusses the status of multifunctional scientific instruments. It discerns a multifaceted iconic meaning considering different dimensions such as scientific functionality (astronomy), the complex allegorical figure of Justice (iconography), and the representation of the sovereign (politics), the court and the Kunstkammer of Albrecht V of Bavaria. As a numen mixtum the figure of “Justicia” touches different fields that go far beyond pure astronomical measurement and represents the power of the ruler as well as the rules of economic justice.


Description Examines “a polyhedral dial from the British Museum made by the instrument maker Ulrich Schniep.”

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Authors & Contributors
King, David A.
Meskens, Ad
Kühne, Andreas
Jardine, Nicholas
Moreno, Roberto
Cleempoel, Koenraad Van
Nuncius: Annali di Storia della Scienza
Journal for the History of Astronomy
Annals of Science: The History of Science and Technology
Journal for Maritime Research: Britian, the Sea and Global History
Studium: Tijdschrift voor Wetenschaps- en Universiteitgeschiedenis
Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period
University of Chicago Press
Harvard University Press
E. Rauner Verlag
Scientific apparatus and instruments
Measuring instruments
Kepler, Johannes
Coignet, Michel
Copernicus, Nicolaus
Rheticus, Georg Joachim
Clavius, Christopher
Hay, John
Time Periods
16th century
17th century
Early modern
15th century
20th century, late
Prague (Czechia)
Ottoman Empire

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