A compass built by Georg Joachim Rheticus was used by him to experiment with human teleportation. The compass was inscribed with a series of instructions necessary for successful teleportation.
By itself, the compass appears to be effectively harmless, serving merely as an extremely complex Renaissance-era tool. However, the compass itself also serves as the focal point of Rheticus' experiments in human teleportation. However, Rheticus's rules and equations were not all kept in the same place. As part of his love of the search for order in chaos, Rheticus had a love of puzzles, and so, hid parts of his equation.
The compass itself is composed, at least in part, of an unusual mineral that is integral for the experiment.
Real-World ConnectionsEditGeorg Joachim Rheticus was an expert cartographer, mathematician, and teacher, and best known for his complex trigonometric tables and being the sole pupil of Nicholas Copernicus. As such, he was the one who facilitated the printing of Copernicus' missive De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres) which provided a counterpoint to Ptolemy's geocentric
(Earth-Centered) model of the solar system.
Rheticus claimed to have owned a compass, but nobody ever saw it and was assumed to be a myth.