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By John M. Steele

The invention of a steady acceleration within the moon’s suggest movement through Edmond Halley within the final decade of the 17th century resulted in a revival of curiosity in experiences of astronomical observations from antiquity. those observations supplied the single potential to review the moon’s ‘secular acceleration’, as this newly-discovered acceleration turned recognized. This e-book includes the 1st exact learn of using historic and medieval astronomical observations that allows you to examine the moon’s secular acceleration from its discovery by means of Halley to the institution of the importance of the acceleration by way of Richard Dunthorne, Tobias Mayer and Jérôme Lalande within the 1740s and 1750s. Making large use of formerly unstudied manuscripts, this paintings indicates how varied astronomers used a similar small physique of preserved historic observations in several methods of their paintings at the secular acceleration. moreover, this paintings seems to be on the wider context of the learn 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 identifying geographical longitude. It additionally discusses wider problems with the perceptions and information of historical and medieval astronomy within the early-modern interval. This publication may be of curiosity to historians of astronomy, astronomers and historians of the traditional international.

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