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Harriot's maps of the moon:new interpretations

Pumfrey, Stephen (2009) Harriot's maps of the moon:new interpretations. Notes and Records of the Royal Society, 63 (2). pp. 163-168. ISSN 0035-9149

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
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
ID Code: 20850
Deposited By: Dr Stephen Pumfrey
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 13:58
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 15:41
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/20850

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