Agostino Ramelli

Agostino Ramelli (1531 in Ponte Tresa or Mesanzena, Italy – 1600) was an engineer who designed the "book wheel" or "reading wheel".

In 1588 Ramelli published a book, The Diverse and Artifactitious Machines of Captain Agostino Ramelli, of engineering designs including many pumps and a possible forerunner to the Wankel engine. This book is still printed and sold.

His "book wheel" presented volumes of text to readers in whatever position they had last placed them, and thus it is considered an early prototype of hypertext and hence the World Wide Web.


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