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Divinding the Circle : Critical Angular Measurement in Astronomy 1500-1850 (HB)

Divinding the Circle : Critical Angular Measurement in Astronomy 1500-1850 (HB)

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Divinding the Circle
The Development of Critical Angular Measurement in Astronomy 1500-1850

By Allan Chapman

Published by Ellis Horwood, New York, 1990. First Edition. Hardback with glossy pictorial cover. 209 pages. Illustrated.

A very good clean copy throughout. No writing or names.

SUMMARY

This study examines the history of angular measuring instruments and their central role in astronomy from 1500-1850. During this period, the principal intellectual interests in astronomy lay in the ability of astronomers to measure angles with increasing precision, to investigate phenomena such as the Earth's motion in space, its oblate shape and the Newtonian laws of gravitation. Emphasis is placed on the important link that existed between astronomical theory and the need to develop progressively improved technologies, whereby the theory could be tested and validated. This edition is fully revised and updated and contains additional plates, an extended bibliography with new scholarship, and two new appendices.
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