Sundials: History, Theory, and Practice

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Masterly account of the long and colorful history of sundials as well as practical instructions for building your own. Topics include mathematical formulae and calculations relating to sundials, rare and complex dials around the world, a listing of the most popular mottoes, and much more. 104 figures. 51 plates. References.

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Overview

Masterly account of the long and colorful history of sundials as well as practical instructions for building your own. Topics include mathematical formulae and calculations relating to sundials, rare and complex dials around the world, a listing of the most popular mottoes, and much more. 104 figures. 51 plates. References.

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Library Journal
First published in English in 1970, Rohr's volume traces a history of sundials as well as the science behind their operation. Along with measuring time, some of these devices also followed the movements of the moon and were accurate solar calendars. This is for both the lay reader and the scientist alike.
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Recounts the history of the development and proliferation of sundials, and reviews basic concepts of cosmology necessary for their design. Describes different types of devices, including rare and complex dials, lists popular sundial mottoes, and provides instructions for building a sundial. Includes b&w photos. This Dover edition is an unabridged republication of a work published by University of Toronto Press, 1970, originally published in French in 1965. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486291390
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 7/9/1996
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 822,784
  • Product dimensions: 11.19 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents

FOREWORD by Henri Michel
PREFACE
CHAPTER ONE History of the Sundial
CHAPTER TWO Some Gnomonic Cosmography
CHAPTER THREE Classical Sundials
CHAPTER FOUR Inclined Dials
CHAPTER FIVE Solar Calendars
CHAPTER SIX Analemmatic Dials
CHAPTER SEVEN Moon Dials
"CHAPTER EIGHT Elevation Dials, Azimuth Dials, Direction Dials, and Others"
CHAPTER NINE Remarkable Dials - Past and Present
CHAPTER TEN Inscriptions on Sundials
TABLES
REFERENCES
LIST OF PLATES
INDEX

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