Steven Wepster, "Between Theory and Observations: Tobias Mayer's Explorations of Lunar Motion, 1751-1755"
Publisher: Springer | ISBN: 1441913130 | edition 2009 | PDF | 247 pages | 3,55 mb
This book presents a detailed and rigorous account of the work of Tobias Mayer, a mathematician and astronomer of the middle 18th century. Mayer's most famous contribution is his set of lunar tables, which were the best available in their time. The use of lunar tables was the most sophisticated method to calculate latitude. Because of their accuracy, Mayer's lunar tables became very popular and were used extensively in nautical navigation.