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By John M. Steele

the invention of a steady acceleration within the moon’s suggest movement by way of Edmond Halley within the final decade of the 17th century ended in a revival of curiosity in reviews of astronomical observations from antiquity. those observations supplied the one potential to check the moon’s ‘secular acceleration’, as this newly-discovered acceleration turned identified. This publication comprises the 1st special examine of using historical and medieval astronomical observations so one can examine the moon’s secular acceleration from its discovery by way of Halley to the institution of the significance of the acceleration by means of Richard Dunthorne, Tobias Mayer and Jérôme Lalande within the 1740s and 1750s. Making vast use of formerly unstudied manuscripts, this paintings indicates how assorted astronomers used an identical small physique of preserved old observations in numerous methods of their paintings at the secular acceleration. additionally, 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 of æther, and using astronomy in picking out geographical longitude. It additionally discusses wider problems with the perceptions and data 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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