Gerhard Dohrn-van Rossum

Clockmakers as the prototype of technical experts in pre-modern Europe

The interaction of technical competencies among engineers in the Renaissance

Ferrum 91/2019

Clockmakers were long regarded as the prototype of mechanical engineers in the early industrial age. Clock movements of every kind are frequently found among the machines and mechanisms devised or designed by Renaissance engineers in the 15th century. Their clocks were sensational technical innovations not only as timepieces, but also as the basis for a wide range of innovations that were to follow.

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