By John M. Steele

the invention of a gentle acceleration within the moon’s suggest movement by means of Edmond Halley within the final decade of the 17th century ended in a revival of curiosity in experiences of astronomical observations from antiquity. those observations supplied the one capability to check the moon’s ‘secular acceleration’, as this newly-discovered acceleration turned recognized. This ebook comprises the 1st specified learn of using old and medieval astronomical observations with a view to examine the moon’s secular acceleration from its discovery through Halley to the institution of the significance of the acceleration through Richard Dunthorne, Tobias Mayer and Jérôme Lalande within the 1740s and 1750s. Making broad use of formerly unstudied manuscripts, this paintings exhibits how various astronomers used a similar small physique of preserved historical observations in numerous methods of their paintings at the secular acceleration. additionally, this paintings seems to be 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 making a choice on geographical longitude. It additionally discusses wider problems with the perceptions and data of old and medieval astronomy within the early-modern interval. This ebook could be of curiosity to historians of astronomy, astronomers and historians of the traditional world.

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