Brass sector by George Adams, 1756-1760.

Image number: 10328297

Brass sector by George Adams, 1756-1760.

A nine inch brass sector, by George Adams; engraved 'Improv'd and made by Geo. Adams, Mathm. Inst. Maker to His Royal Highness, George Prince of Wales, London'. Sectors were used in calculations involving proportion. They are composed of two flat arms hinged together that can be adjusted to form any angle. Each arm is engraved with logarithmic and trigonometrical lines, which radiate from the centre of the hinge.

Image number:
10328297
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
21 October 2003 10:09
Image rights:
Science Museum