TITLE

THE SELENOGRAPHIA OF WILLIAM GILBERT: HIS PRE-TELESCOPIC MAP OF THE MOON AND HIS DISCOVERY OF LUNAR LIBRATION

AUTHOR(S)
PUMFREY, STEPHEN
PUB. DATE
May 2011
SOURCE
Journal for the History of Astronomy;May2011, Vol. 42 Issue 2, p193
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
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.
ACCESSION #
63988412

 

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