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Optical coherence tomography of the first printed edition of Euclid

By Lucy J Stagg, on 2 January 2018

Adam Gibson, Professor of Medical Physics and a member of the UCLDH team, has been working with Tabitha Tuckett in UCL Special Collections to see if they can find any interesting features associated with the printed diagrams in the margins of the first printed edition of Euclid’s Elements. The printer, a man called Erhardt Ratdolt, had to work out a method for printing diagrams.

Adam has written a blog post, about his findings, where you can read more about:

how modern imaging methods might be able to cast light on Ratdolt’s 500 year old printing innovation.

Optical coherence tomography of the first page of Euclid’s Elements

Optical coherence tomography of the first page of Euclid’s Elements

Imaging the first printed edition of Euclid’s Elements

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