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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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Eclipses of the Sun and Moon have attracted attention since the dawn of history. Long ago, chroniclers from Europe, Babylonia, China and the Arab lands penned graphic descriptions of them. Today, not  Read more...

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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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