Sundials : Design, Construction, and Use

Sundials : Design, Construction, and Use

Description

Sundials, which decorate church walls, public plazas, and elegant gardens, are first and foremost astronomical instruments. Before understanding how sundials work, one must first understand the apparent motion of the Sun in the sky. In this book, Denis Savoie presents the basics of astronomy required to understand sundials and describes how to design and build your own classical sundial. Written for 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.

The practical and observational aspects of sundials will enable readers to create custom-made sundial of their own, adding whatever special features they wish to include. Most of these designs have been tested by people with no previous knowledge of astronomy. To aid the reader, the book is full of clear and instructive illustrations and diagrams.


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Details

Author(s)
Denis Savoie
Format
Paperback | 181 pages
Dimensions
170 x 244 x 12.7mm | 424g
Publication date
30 Jun 2009
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Publication City/Country
New York, NY, United States
Language
English
Edition Statement
2009
Illustrations note
XIV, 181 p.
ISBN10
0387098011
ISBN13
9780387098012
Bestsellers rank
478,633