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Historical eclipses and Earth's rotation by Stephenson F.R.

Historical eclipses and Earth's rotation



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Historical eclipses and Earth's rotation Stephenson F.R.
Language: English
Page: 574
Format: djvu
ISBN: 0521461944, 9780521461948
Publisher: CUP

Review

"...a prodigious effort of scholarship in which each of more than 400 eclipses is discussed in detail...The comprehensive nature of the work makes it an excellent reference." Choice

"Anyone, or any library, with an interest in the civilizations represented in this important study will wish to own this magnificent book." Jay M. Pasachoff, Isis

"This book is impressive, both at a first glance and under more detailed examination, for it represents a masterly synthesis of scientific and historical research. There is an immense amount of work represented in its pages - both that by many scholars dating back thousands of years to Hipparchus and Ptolemy and that by author F. Richard Stephenson himself; the searching for records fo observations, translation, interpretation, organization, and analysis represent many, many years of work synthesized into a single volume. This is a book that every serious library should have and that eclipse and earth-rotation experts will want to consult." Daniel W. E. Green, Earth Science History

Book Description

Eclipses of the Sun and Moon have attracted attention since the dawn of history. Long ago, chroniclers from Europe and the Arab lands penned graphic descriptions of them, and Babylonian, Chinese and Arab Astronomers made careful measurements on them. Today, not onl y are these observations of historical interest; they have much to tell us about changes in the length of the day in the past due to tides and other causes. In this book, a scientist who has studied eclipses for many years tells their story and explains their importance today.

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