By John M. Steele

ISBN-10: 1461421489

ISBN-13: 9781461421481

the invention of a steady acceleration within the moon’s suggest movement by way of Edmond Halley within the final decade of the 17th century resulted in a revival of curiosity in studies of astronomical observations from antiquity. those observations supplied the one capability to check the moon’s ‘secular acceleration’, as this newly-discovered acceleration grew to become recognized. This booklet comprises the 1st targeted examine of using historic and medieval astronomical observations so as to examine the moon’s secular acceleration from its discovery by way of Halley to the institution of the value of the acceleration via Richard Dunthorne, Tobias Mayer and Jérôme Lalande within the 1740s and 1750s. Making vast use of formerly unstudied manuscripts, this paintings indicates how assorted astronomers used an analogous small physique of preserved old observations in numerous methods of their paintings at the secular acceleration. additionally, this paintings appears to be like on the wider context of the examine of the moon’s secular acceleration, together with its use in debates of biblical chronology, even if the heavens have been made from æther, and using astronomy in settling on geographical longitude. It additionally discusses wider problems with the perceptions and information of old and medieval astronomy within the early-modern interval. This ebook might be of curiosity to historians of astronomy, astronomers and historians of the traditional world.

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