Pumfrey, Stephen (2009) Harriot's maps of the moon:new interpretations. Notes and Records of the Royal Society, 63 (2). pp. 163-168. ISSN 0035-9149Full text not available from this repository.
July 2009 is the 400th anniversary of the first telescopic observations of the Moon, made by the English scientist Thomas Harriot. Galileo's later drawings were more influential, but some historians now question the traditional view that Harriot's were inferior. Galileo's revealed the mountainous topography of the Moon, but Harriot's arguably had the different, cartographical aim of plotting lunar features precisely. This article suggests that, influenced by the remarkable work of his contemporary William Gilbert, Harriot may have devised or used his splendid Moon map, like Gilbert, to observe the phenomenon of lunar libration decades before Galileo announced its existence.
|Journal or Publication Title:||Notes and Records of the Royal Society|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Harriot ; moon ; astronomy ; telescope ; 1610 ; Gilbert|
|Subjects:||D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain|
|Departments:||Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > History|
|Deposited By:||Dr Stephen Pumfrey|
|Deposited On:||03 Dec 2008 13:58|
|Last Modified:||26 Jul 2012 15:41|
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