Product Details Have you every wanted to build a sundial or to understand how one works? Then you have probably been frustrated as you search vainly for help. Most books on the subject are either rare out-of-print works published centuries ago and available only in highly specialized collections, or highly complicated treatises whose information is hidden behind frightening arrays of involved formulas. But now your search is over. This book is designed to meet sundialing needs at either the simple or the sophisticated level. Albert E.
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Start your review of Sundials: Their Theory and Construction Write a review Shelves: astronomy A nice book, which does in fact provide detailed instructions on building several types of sundials. The geometry of solar motion, the distinctions between apparent and mean time and between local and standard time, the analemma the sun traces on the sky over the course of a year are all given detailed treatment. I particularly enjoyed the three passages from Canterbury Tales that concerned solar A nice book, which does in fact provide detailed instructions on building several types of sundials.
I particularly enjoyed the three passages from Canterbury Tales that concerned solar timekeeping. This is a book that, with its tables of numbers, belongs to the days before digital calculators were in common use, and before GPS made determination of your precise latitude and longitude easy. There are so many ways to harness the suns light to figure out things about the world.
This book gives several different types of sundials and how to actually calculate making one for wherever you are in the world. If you need to know the angles to get accurate time readings, this is your book. If you need a way to build a sundial on your house that will also tell you the month of the year, you can do it with Perfect book to really understand sundials. If you need a way to build a sundial on your house that will also tell you the month of the year, you can do it with this book.
It has down to earth practical reading that simplifies everything but gives enough detail to know what you are really trying to accomplish.
Great resource for build a sundial. A touch dated because, published in , it predated sundial layout programs. This book teaches you how to make a sundial for North, East, West, and of course South walls, as well as tilted surfaces.
It contains a concise explanation of the One of my two favorite sources for sundial design the other being the Mayall book. It contains a concise explanation of the differences between sun time and clock time, and how to compensate for that difference.
Sundials: Their Theory and Construction
Sundials: their theory and construction