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By John M. Steele

the invention of a gentle 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 studies of astronomical observations from antiquity. those observations supplied the single capability to check the moon’s ‘secular acceleration’, as this newly-discovered acceleration turned recognized. This ebook comprises the 1st specified examine of using old and medieval astronomical observations on the way to examine the moon’s secular acceleration from its discovery by way of Halley to the institution of the value of the acceleration by means of Richard Dunthorne, Tobias Mayer and Jérôme Lalande within the 1740s and 1750s. Making wide use of formerly unstudied manuscripts, this paintings exhibits how varied astronomers used a similar small physique of preserved historical observations in numerous methods of their paintings at the secular acceleration. furthermore, this paintings appears on the wider context of the research 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 historical and medieval astronomy within the early-modern interval. This ebook might be of curiosity to historians of astronomy, astronomers and historians of the traditional world.

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