Historical Eclipses & Earth's Rotation

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Januar 2011



A scientist who has studied eclipses for many years tells their story and explains their importance today.


1. Variations in the length of the day: a historical perspective; 2. Tidal friction and the ephemerides of the Sun and Moon; 3. Pre-telescopic eclipse observations and their analysis; 4. Babylonian and Assyrian records of eclipses; 5. Investigation of Babylonian observations of solar eclipses; 6. Timed Babylonian lunar eclipses; 7. Untimed Babylonian observations of lunar eclipses: horizon phenomena; 8. Chinese and other East Asian observations of large solar eclipses; 9. Other East Asian observations of solar and lunar eclipses; 10. Records of eclipses in ancient European history; 11. Eclipse records from medieval Europe; 12. Solar and lunar eclipses recorded in medieval Arabic chronicles; 13. Observations of solar and lunar eclipses made by medieval Arab astronomers; 14. Determination of changes in the length of the day and geophysical interpretation; Appendix A; Appendix B; References.


'It will certainly replace earlier books as the standard text in this long-established field.' The Observatory 'In this book the sources are comprehensively and lucidly discussed. For serious geophysicists the book is necessary reading. For the rest of us the sheer breadth and depth of research into ancient sources for practical modern purposes must surely be an inspiration.' Clockmakers's Times 'The comprehensive nature of the work makes it an excellent reference.' D. E. Hogg, Choice '[The author] is to be commended for this work of careful synthesis'. Henry Innes MacAdam, IBS
EAN: 9780521461948
ISBN: 0521461944
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Januar 2011
Seitenanzahl: 574 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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