Peter Apian and his Astronomicum Caesareum 

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Time: 1540 Peter Apian: 1495  1552; German humanist, known for his works in astronomy. mathematics and cartography. His original name was Peter Bennewitz or Bienewitz. He studied mathematics and astronomy in Leipzig and Vienna. From 1525 he worked as a mathematician at the University of Ingolstadt. Other important publications:


Astronomicum Caesareum: summarizes the astronomical knowledge of that time. The Graz edition contains


The Rein manuscript MS 124 contains the drawings of Peter Apians Astronomicum Caesareum, consisting of
There are some significant deviations between the printes editions and the manuscript. It seems that the author was familiar with astronomy, and therefore omitted or chanced some details. Many pages of the manuscript contain an interesting watermark, which could not be found so far in one of the major watermark catalogues. 
Literature: S. Draxler & M. E. Lippitsch. Peter Apian and his Astronomicum caesareum. Proc. 2^{nd} EHoP Conf. 3146 (2012) 

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