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By John M. Steele

the invention of a steady acceleration within the moon’s suggest movement via Edmond Halley within the final decade of the 17th century resulted in a revival of curiosity in reviews of astronomical observations from antiquity. those observations supplied the one capacity to check the moon’s ‘secular acceleration’, as this newly-discovered acceleration grew to become identified. This ebook comprises the 1st certain research of using old and medieval astronomical observations for you to examine the moon’s secular acceleration from its discovery by means of Halley to the institution of the value of the acceleration through Richard Dunthorne, Tobias Mayer and Jérôme Lalande within the 1740s and 1750s. Making large use of formerly unstudied manuscripts, this paintings exhibits how various astronomers used an identical small physique of preserved historical observations in numerous methods of their paintings at the secular acceleration. furthermore, this paintings appears to be like on the wider context of the learn of the moon’s secular acceleration, together with its use in debates of biblical chronology, no matter if the heavens have been made from æther, and using astronomy in opting for geographical longitude. It additionally discusses wider problems with the perceptions and information of historical and medieval astronomy within the early-modern interval. This booklet should be of curiosity to historians of astronomy, astronomers and historians of the traditional world.

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