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Sundials Design, Construction, and Use

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ISBN-10: 0387098011

ISBN-13: 9780387098012

Edition: 2nd 2009

Authors: Volker J. Geers, Denis Savoie

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Denis Savoie presents the basics of astronomy required to understand sundials and describes how to design and build your own classical sundial. Written to engage all levels of science readers, the author shows the calculations involved in the sundial's construction and also gives a comprehensive history of time measurement.
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Book details

List price: $34.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Springer New York
Publication date: 3/23/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 181
Size: 6.69" wide x 9.61" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

List of illustrations
A little astronomy
The moving Earth
Geographical coordinates
The Celestial Sphere and the local Celestial Sphere
The Sun's annual motion
The Sun's diurnal motion
The hour angle of the Sun
The equation of time
An introduction to sundials
A brief history of sundials
A brief history of time
The general principle of the sundial
The conversion of solar time to clock time
Finding the local meridian
The gnomon
The first gnomons
Determining local latitude
The solar calendar
A seasonal indicator
Equatorial sundials
The principle of the equatorial sundial
Marking out the classic equatorial sundial
Uses of the equatorial sundial
Determining the meridian
The armillary equatorial sundial
Horizontal sundials
The principle of the horizontal sundial
Marking out, using the equatorial sundial
Trigonometrical marking
Indicating the dates of the equinoxes
Indicating noon for a different location
Marking out a horizontal sundial without calculation
Babylonian and Italic time
Polar sundials
The principle of the polar sundial
Marking out the sundial
Vertical sundials
Vertical sundials
Making a vertical direct south sundial
Making a vertical direct north sundial
Making vertical direct west and direct east sundials
Making a reflection sundial
Making a sundial on a plane surface without calculation
Horizontal analemmatic sundials
The analemmatic sundial
Marking out the analemmatic sundial
Demonstration of the principle of the analemmatic sundial
Making a solar compass
The circular analemmatic sundial
Altitude sundials
The principle of the altitude sundial
The Saint Rigaud Capuchin sundial
Sundials in the tropics
Sundials in the tropics
Sundials north of the Equator
Sundials south of the Equator
A little test
Hour lines
The equation of time and the Sun's declination
Formulae for diurnal motion
Small problems in gnomonics
Practicalities of constructing a sundial
Mottoes on sundials