## History of Astronomy |

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NEwTON's SUCCEssoRs – HALLEY, EULER, LAGRANGE,

. . . . . . . . . Discovery of NEw PLAN Ets—HERSCHEL, PIAzzi, ADAMS, AND LE

VERRIER. . . . . . PAGE iii 3o 4O 57 64 74 8I IO. Book III OBSERVATION ...

NEwTON's SUCCEssoRs – HALLEY, EULER, LAGRANGE,

**LAPLACE**, ETC. . . . .. . . . . . . . . Discovery of NEw PLAN Ets—HERSCHEL, PIAzzi, ADAMS, AND LE

VERRIER. . . . . . PAGE iii 3o 4O 57 64 74 8I IO. Book III OBSERVATION ...

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By this system the tedious arithmetical operations necessary in astronomical

calculations, especially those dealing with the trigonometrical functions of angles,

were so much simplified that

By this system the tedious arithmetical operations necessary in astronomical

calculations, especially those dealing with the trigonometrical functions of angles,

were so much simplified that

**Laplace**declared that by this invention the ... Page 73

... of to-day the most exact of the sciences.

opinion of posterity when he said that to the Principia is. The. Dynamical. Period.

73.

... of to-day the most exact of the sciences.

**Laplace**only expressed the universalopinion of posterity when he said that to the Principia is. The. Dynamical. Period.

73.

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NEwton's SUccessors — HALLEY, EULER, LAGRANGE,

Edmund Halley succeeded Flamsteed as Second Astronomer Royal in 1721.

Although he did not contribute directly to the mathematical proofs of Newton's

theory, yet ...

NEwton's SUccessors — HALLEY, EULER, LAGRANGE,

**LAPLACE**, ETC.Edmund Halley succeeded Flamsteed as Second Astronomer Royal in 1721.

Although he did not contribute directly to the mathematical proofs of Newton's

theory, yet ...

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action of gravity, to no purpose But in 1787 he gave the true explanation. The

principal effect of the sun on the moon's orbit is to diminish the earth's influence,

thus ...

**Laplace**" now took the matter in hand. He tried the effect of a non-instantaneousaction of gravity, to no purpose But in 1787 he gave the true explanation. The

principal effect of the sun on the moon's orbit is to diminish the earth's influence,

thus ...

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