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Re: new book
Hi Rafal & everyone,
King, David A.
The Ciphers of the Monks. A forgotten Number-Notation of the Middle Ages
This book does indeed look fascinating: here's a link to a 1998 short text
by its author about the book's subject-matter (no diagrams, sadly):-
The structure of the number notation itself as described here seems not
particularly VMS-like at first hearing, but I'm sure there will be many
things in the book relevant to our area of study.
There's also a French version of the same text there for those Francophones
who (unlike me) aren't still crawling through Vigenere's prose. :-)
There are a surprisingly (to me, anyway) large number of papers on
astrolabes / planispheres / globes - eg, by Elly Dekker and others. Shame
more of them aren't available online. :-(
Cheers, ....Nick Pelling.....