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By John M. Steele

the invention of a steady 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 studies of astronomical observations from antiquity. those observations supplied the one potential to review the moon’s ‘secular acceleration’, as this newly-discovered acceleration grew to become recognized. This e-book comprises the 1st distinct research of using historic and medieval astronomical observations that allows you to examine the moon’s secular acceleration from its discovery through 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 huge use of formerly unstudied manuscripts, this paintings exhibits how diversified astronomers used an analogous 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 research of the moon’s secular acceleration, together with its use in debates of biblical chronology, no matter if the heavens have been made of æther, and using astronomy in choosing geographical longitude. It additionally discusses wider problems with the perceptions and information of historical and medieval astronomy within the early-modern interval. This publication could be of curiosity to historians of astronomy, astronomers and historians of the traditional world.

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