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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 reviews of astronomical observations from antiquity. those observations supplied the one ability to review the moon’s ‘secular acceleration’, as this newly-discovered acceleration turned recognized. This publication includes the 1st special examine of using historic and medieval astronomical observations so as to examine the moon’s secular acceleration from its discovery through Halley to the institution of the value 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 diverse astronomers used a similar small physique of preserved old observations in several methods of their paintings at the secular acceleration. furthermore, this paintings appears to be like 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 from æther, and using astronomy in choosing geographical longitude. It additionally discusses wider problems with the perceptions and data 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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