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 ended in a revival of curiosity in experiences of astronomical observations from antiquity. those observations supplied the single potential to check the moon’s ‘secular acceleration’, as this newly-discovered acceleration turned identified. This publication includes the 1st targeted examine of using old and medieval astronomical observations on the way to examine the moon’s secular acceleration from its discovery through Halley to the institution of the importance of the acceleration by way of Richard Dunthorne, Tobias Mayer and Jérôme Lalande within the 1740s and 1750s. Making broad use of formerly unstudied manuscripts, this paintings indicates how various astronomers used a similar small physique of preserved old observations in numerous methods of their paintings at the secular acceleration. furthermore, this paintings appears to be like on the wider context of the examine 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 selecting geographical longitude. It additionally discusses wider problems with the perceptions and data of historic and medieval astronomy within the early-modern interval. This publication can be of curiosity to historians of astronomy, astronomers and historians of the traditional world.

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