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Before the Bookmobile, there was the Bookwheel

The article "Before the Bookmobile, there was the Bookwheel" appeared in the September/October 2020 issue of Gear Technology.

Summary
Agostino Ramelli was a 16th-century Italian military engineer of some note who designed many machines and other contributions used in the go-go Renaissance period, including cranes, grain mills, and water pumps. But his most compelling apparatus was a real mindbender - a revolving wooden wheel with angled shelves that allowed users to read multiple books at one time.

Keywords
Agostino Ramelli, history, bookwheel, Renaissance

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