• John M. Steele
Part of the Archimedes book series (ARIM, volume 4)


In Chapters 2 to 7 of this work, I have discussed the eclipse records preserved in the history of each of the following cultures: Mesopotamia (principally Babylon), Ancient Europe, the Islamic Near East, and Late Medieval and Renaissance Europe, which form what I have termed the Western Heritage; and China and Japan, which form what I have termed the Eastern Heritage. In the present section I shall review the main findings of these chapters and their relevance to the history of astronomy. Some of the results of this work also have implications for present-day studies of the long-term changes in the Earth’s rate of rotation. I shall discuss these in Section 8.2 below.


Geophysical Implication Alfonsine Table Eclipse Record Western Heritage Astronomical Record 
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    Note that the Japanese predictions have been incorporated into the Chinese data since they were made using a Chinese calendar. See Section 6.9 above.Google Scholar

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  • John M. Steele
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  1. 1.University of DurhamUK

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