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1 Plate of flying machine in Francesco Lana Terzi’s 1670 Prodromo (image source: Francesco Lana Terzi, Prodromo, ouero, Saggio di alcune inuentione nuoue, premesso all’arte maestra / opera che prepara il p. Francesco Lana Bresciano della Compagnia di Giesu., per mostrare li piu reconditi principij della naturale filosofia, riconosciuti con accurata teorica nelle piu segnalate inuentioni, ed isperienze sin’hora ritrouate da gli scrittori di questa materia & altra nuoue dell’autore medesimo (Brescia: Per li Rizzardi, 1670). Courtesy of MIT Libraries, Institute Archives and Special Collections, Cambridge, Massachusetts) 71

2 A traditional Chinese bronze mirror; maker unknown, 8th century CE, bronze, Philadelphia Museum of Art, purchased with Museum Funds, 1928-114-14 (image source: Philadelphia Museum of Art) 132

3 A Japanese version of the standard Chinese “magic mirror” (image source: Teylers Museum, Haarlem) 143

4 A Japanese makyō (魔鏡), with its projected pattern (image source: “Makyoh” by Bradley J. Rhodes. Licensed under CC BY 4.0) 144

5 Diagram indicating the reflection of a hidden design in a “magic mirror” (image source: the author) 145

6 A possible configuration using a Chinese “magic mirror” (image source: the author) 147

7 An early Korean world map (image source: Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress) 207

8 “Admiral” Heraldic Carpet; Spanish, possibly woven by Muslim craftsmen, ca. 1429–1473, wool, Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Joseph Lees Williams Memorial Collection, 1955-65-21 (image source: Philadelphia Museum of Art) 342

9 “Admiral” Heraldic Carpet — detail of “wild man” 343

Lost Knowledge

The Concept of Vanished Technologies and Other Human Histories

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