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Historical eclipses and earth's rotation

Author: F Richard Stephenson
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A scientist who has studied eclipses for many years tells their story and explains their importance today.

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: F Richard Stephenson
ISBN: 0521461944 9780521461948
OCLC Number: 34742387
Description: xvi, 557 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Variations in the length of the day: a historical perspective --
2. Tidal friction and the ephemerides of the Sun and Moon --
3. Pre-telescopic eclipse observations and their analysis --
4. Babylonian and Assyrian records of eclipses --
5. Investigation of Babylonian observations of solar eclipses --
6. Timed Babylonian lunar eclipses --
7. Untimed Babylonian observations of lunar eclipses: horizon phenomena --
8. Chinese and other East Asian observations of large solar eclipses --
9. Other East Asian observations of solar and lunar eclipses --
10. Records of eclipses in ancient European history --
11. Eclipse records from medieval Europe --
12. Solar and lunar eclipses recorded in medieval Arab chronicles --
13. Observations of eclipses by medieval Arab astronomers --
14. Determination of changes in the length of the day --
App. A. Timed data --
App. B. Untimed data --
Index of eclipse records --
Index of places of observation.
Responsibility: F. Richard Stephenson.
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