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Liu Hong and the conquest of the moon

Christopher Cullen

in Heavenly Numbers: Astronomy and Authority in Early Imperial China

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780198733119
eISBN:
9780191797705
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198733119.003.0009
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

In this chapter, we look at the work of Liu Hong, who emerges as the principal technical consultant involved in the later phases of the debates discussed in the last chapter, although it seems that ... More


The Art of the Commander and the Emergence of Predictive Astronomy

Alan C. Bowen

in Science and Mathematics in Ancient Greek Culture

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780198152484
eISBN:
9780191710049
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198152484.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

The one feature of Graeco-Latin astronomy that has been thought to qualify it as the paradigmatic science is its ability to predict where the heavenly bodies will be at any given time. Aristotle ... More


ARTHUR EDDINGTON: INSIDE THE STARS

I.S. GLASS

in Revolutionaries of the Cosmos: The Astro-Physicists

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199550258
eISBN:
9780191718700
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550258.003.0007
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This chapter begins by investigating Arthur Eddington's early life and his biography. It discusses that one of his first research programmes concerned the ‘star drifts’ discovered by Jacobus Kapteyn. ... More


Chapter Four

Alan C. Bowen and Robert B. Todd

in Cleomedes' Lectures on Astronomy: A Translation of The Heavens

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520233256
eISBN:
9780520928510
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520233256.003.0013
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

This chapter shows that the Moon is illuminated neither by inherent light, nor by reflection, but by the mingling of the Sun's light with the Moon's body. Several theories concerning the illumination ... More


WILLIAM HUGGINS: CELESTIAL CHEMICAL ANALYSIS

I.S. GLASS

in Revolutionaries of the Cosmos: The Astro-Physicists

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199550258
eISBN:
9780191718700
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550258.003.0005
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This chapter investigates the life of William Huggins and his wife Margaret and their major role in the development of astrophysics, especially in the analysis of starlight. It discusses William's ... More


Chapter Three

Alan C. Bowen and Robert B. Todd

in Cleomedes' Lectures on Astronomy: A Translation of The Heavens

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520233256
eISBN:
9780520928510
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520233256.003.0012
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

This chapter discusses that the Moon, other planets, and stars are not the size they appear to be. It illustrates that the Earth's shadow is neither funnel-like, nor cylindrical. The notion that the ... More


Still There: A Theory of Photography

Louise Hornby

in Still Modernism: Photography, Literature, Film

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780190661229
eISBN:
9780190661250
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190661229.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter argues that Woolf develops a theory of photography in her writing that describes how the world emerges within a photographic economy of light, separate from an observing subject. ... More


From the Silence and the Darkness, 1865–1869

Pellom McDaniels III

in The Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780813142715
eISBN:
9780813144276
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813142715.003.0005
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter presents the challenges African Americans experienced in making the transition from slavery to freedom. Using examples of how Lexington's black community invested in its children's ... More


Gulf of Siam: Prisdang’s Star Ascends

Tamara Loos

in Bones Around My Neck: The Life and Exile of a Prince Provocateur

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781501704635
eISBN:
9781501706172
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501704635.003.0002
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter showcases the circumstances of a fateful solar eclipse as well as the events in Prisdang's childhood following the ascension of Chulalongkorn as Siam's new ruler. Here, the chapter shows ... More


The Roman Calendar, 190–168 B.C.

Peter Derow, Andrew Erskine, and Josephine Crawley Quinn

in Rome, Polybius, and the East

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199640904
eISBN:
9780191804670
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199640904.003.0011
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter examines the problem of the Roman calendar between 190 and 168 BC from a strictly Roman point of view. It first considers the astronomical synchronisms, citing Livy's account of the ... More


Science on American Television: A History

Marcel Chotkowski LaFollette

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226921990
eISBN:
9780226922010
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226922010.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

As television emerged as a major cultural and economic force, many imagined that the medium would enhance civic education for topics such as science. And, indeed, television soon offered a ... More


The Lens of Gravity

David D. Nolte

in Galileo Unbound: A Path Across Life, the Universe and Everything

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
August 2018
ISBN:
9780198805847
eISBN:
9780191843808
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198805847.003.0007
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This chapter describes how gravity provided the backdrop for one of the most important paradigm shifts in the history of physics. Prior to Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, trajectories ... More


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