Historical Eclipses and Earth's Rotation

F. Richard Stephenson

Published by Cambridge University Press, 2008
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Synopsis: The culmination of many years of research, this book discusses ancient and medieval eclipse observations and their importance in studying Earth's past rotation. This is the first major book on this subject in twenty years. The author has specialized for many years in the interpretation of early astronomical records and their application to problems in modern astronomy. The book contains an in-depth discussion of numerous eclipse records from Babylon, China, Europe and the Arab lands. The author provides translations of almost every record studied. He shows that although tides play a dominant long-term role in producing variations in Earth's rate of rotation--causing a gradual increase in the length of the day--there are significant and variable nontidal changes in opposition to the main trend. This book is intended for geophysicists, astronomers (especially those with an interest in history), historians and orientalists.

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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Title: Historical Eclipses and Earth's Rotation
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: 2008
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