The Book Wheel was described in Agostino Ramelli’s book The Various and Ingenious Machines of Captain Agostino Ramelli, published in 1588. He never built it but a version was built in 1986 by architect Daniel Libeskind.
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A visit to the Walker Library of the History of Human Imagination is a celebration of human invention. The Library contains some 20,000 volumes and hundreds of museum-level books, manuscripts, maps and artifacts. These precious objects are housed in a unique setting that is itself a work of art. The architecture of the vast room was inspired by the mind-bending designs of artist M.C. Escher; it features multilevel tiers, “floating” platforms, connecting stairways, a glass bridge, illuminated glass panels, dynamic lighting, and specially commissioned art and music.
This library is found at Walker Digital, a company that invents solutions to large-scale problems for businesses.