The development of Saxon scientific instrument-making skills from the sixteenth century to the thirty years war

Annals of Science 47 (3):277-289 (1990)

Between the middle of the sixteenth century and the outbreak of the Thirty Years War, an instrument-making craft became established in Saxony. It began in the reign of the Elector August I, who had an interest in science, and wished to stimulate his country's mining industry, for which surveying instruments were needed. The instrument makers worked with natural philosophers at the universities of Leipzig and Wittenberg, and were assisted by the establishment of a library for the Electorate at Dresden. August I also created a Kunstkammer with a strong scientific bent, much of which survives in Dresden to this day
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