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- DescriptionLong before their western counterparts, Chinese astromers developed remarkably accurate methods for making their measurements, recording detailed observations since ancient times. Of particular interest to John Williams (1797-1874), assistant secretary to the Royal Astromical Society, were Chinese observations of comets. Noting that previous translations of these records had been incomplete, Williams sought to produce a fuller catalogue. The present work, published in 1871, presents Chinese comet observations between 611 BCE and 1640 CE, using the encyclopaedia of Ma Duanlin and the great historical Shiji as major references. Williams provides useful context in his introductory remarks, mentioning the tests by which the accuracy of the Chinese records can be verified. He also includes chrological tables and a Chinese celestial atlas, enabling comparison between the Chinese and Western systems for dates and stars respectively.
- Author(s)John Williams
- PublisherCambridge Library Collection
- Date of Publication01/07/2014
- SubjectAstronomy, Space & Time
- Series TitleCambridge Library Collection - Astronomy
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note23 b/w illus.
- Weight460 g
- Width210 mm
- Height297 mm
- Spine10 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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