May 2011
Journal for the History of Astronomy;May2011, Vol. 42 Issue 2, p193
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The article examines the contributions of English physician and natural philosopher William Gilbert to the historical development of lunar mapping. Emphasis is given to his creation of a lunar map, or selenographia, prior to the advent of the telescope as a tool for astronomical observation. The importance of Gilbert's discovery of the Moon's libration to his creation of the map is explained, as is his unique cosmological theory. The physician's use of selenography in order to determine whether or not the Moon revolved on an axis is detailed as well.


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