Download e-book for iPad: Ancient Astronomical Observations and the Study of the by John M. Steele

By John M. Steele

the invention of a gentle acceleration within the moon’s suggest movement by way of Edmond Halley within the final decade of the 17th century ended in a revival of curiosity in experiences of astronomical observations from antiquity. those observations supplied the single skill to check the moon’s ‘secular acceleration’, as this newly-discovered acceleration grew to become identified. This booklet comprises the 1st specific research of using old and medieval astronomical observations so that it will examine the moon’s secular acceleration from its discovery through Halley to the institution of the importance of the acceleration through Richard Dunthorne, Tobias Mayer and Jérôme Lalande within the 1740s and 1750s. Making wide use of formerly unstudied manuscripts, this paintings exhibits how assorted astronomers used a similar small physique of preserved historic observations in numerous methods of their paintings at the secular acceleration. furthermore, this paintings appears to be like on the wider context of the research of the moon’s secular acceleration, together with its use in debates of biblical chronology, no matter if the heavens have been made of æther, and using astronomy in choosing geographical longitude. It additionally discusses wider problems with the perceptions and information of historic and medieval astronomy within the early-modern interval. This publication should be of curiosity to historians of astronomy, astronomers and historians of the traditional world.

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