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Ancient astronomical observations and the study of the moon's motion (1691-1757)

Author: John M Steele
Publisher: New York : Springer, ©2012.
Series: Sources and studies in the history of mathematics and physical sciences.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Historians of astronomy, historians of the ancient world, and astronomers will be enriched by the unique and captivating topics covered in this book. This volume contains the first detailed study of the use of ancient and medieval astronomical observations in order to investigate the moon{u2019}s secular acceleration{u2014}from its discovery by Edmond Halley to the establishment of the magnitude of the acceleration  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Steele, John M.
Ancient astronomical observations and the study of the moon's motion (1691-1757).
New York : Springer, 2012
(DLC) 2011945853
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John M Steele
ISBN: 9781461421498 1461421497
OCLC Number: 778458380
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 158 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Edmond Halley's Discovery of the Secular Acceleration of the Moon --
A Forgotten Episode in the History of the Secular Acceleration: William Whiston, Arthur Ashley Sykes and the Eclipse of Phlegon --
The Gradual Acceptance of the Existence of the Secular Acceleration During the 1740s --
Eighteenth-Century Views of Ancient Astronomy --
The First Detailed Study of the Moon's Secular Acceleration: Richard Dunthorne --
An Integrated Approach: Tobias aMayer --
The Final Synthesis: Jérôme Lalande.
Series Title: Sources and studies in the history of mathematics and physical sciences.
Responsibility: John M. Steele.

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The discovery of a gradual acceleration in the moon's mean motion by Edmond Halley in the last decade of the seventeenth century led to a revival of interest in reports of astronomical observations  Read more...

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