Historical Eclipses and Earth's Rotation

Historical Eclipses and Earth's Rotation

by F. Richard Stephenson
     
 

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

Overview

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521056335
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2008
Pages:
576
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 1.18(d)

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Table of Contents

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.

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