Against Chandrasekhars Interpretation of Newtons Treatment of the Precession of the Equinoxes

  title={Against Chandrasekhars Interpretation of Newtons Treatment of the Precession of the Equinoxes},
  author={Geoffrey J. Dobson},
  journal={Archive for History of Exact Sciences},
L'interpretation de l'astrophysicien S. Chandrasekhar sur le traitement de la precession des equinoxes dans le livre des principes de Newton est analysee 

Essay Review: Babylonian Astronomy Reassessed, Mesopotamian Planetary Astronomy-Astrology

the greatest differences for the Earth, in part due to new observational parameters, in part due to computational error. Of course, what counts in Book 3 is not so much Newton's numerical results,

Babylonian eclipse: Ptolemy, Babylon and the rotation of the Earth

Claudius Ptolemy reports some 19 eclipses of the Moon in his astronomical treatise known today as the Almagest (Toomer 1984, Britton 1992, Steele 2000a, Steele 2000b). He explains that ten of these

Babylonian astronomy: a new understanding of column Φ

The most discussed and mysterious column within the Babylonian astronomy is column Φ. It is closely connected to the lunar velocity and to the duration of the Saros. This paper presents new ideas for

On the epoch of the Antikythera mechanism and its eclipse predictor

A series of constraints are applied, in a sort of sieve of Eratosthenes, to sequentially eliminate possibilities for the epoch date of the Antikythera mechanism, finding that the solar eclipse of month 13 of the Saros dial almost certainly belongs to solar Saros series 44.


  • E. Glover
  • Physics, Art
    The Classical Quarterly
  • 2014
Reports of lunar and solar eclipses are of interest to students of both history and the history of science. Used with care, they can anchor significant historical events in time. Greek literature,

How Thales Was Able to Predict the Solar Eclipse of 28 May 585 B.C.

In the year 467 B.C. at Aegospotamoi, a stone fell from the heaven. It is said that Anaxagoras, thanks to his knowledge of astronomy, was able to predict the fall of this famous meteorite (DK

Decoding the ancient Greek astronomical calculator known as the Antikythera Mechanism

The Antikythera Mechanism is a unique Greek geared device, constructed around the end of the second century bc. It is known that it calculated and displayed celestial information, particularly cycles

Commission 41: History of Astronomy & the Inter-Union Commission for History of Astronomy (ICHA): (Histoire De L’astronomie)

One of the most important developments during the triennium was the formation, in 2001, of the ICHA by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and the Division of History of Science of the

Goal‐year texts

Babylonian goal-year texts contain collections of astronomical observations to make predictions of future astronomical phenomena using known lunar and planetary periodicities. Keywords:

Anaxagoras and the Measurement of the Sun and Moon

According to the available sources, Anaxagoras compared the size of the sun and moon with that of the Peloponnesus. The relevant texts are the following: 11.1 The sun is much bigger than