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Canon of Insolation and the Ice-Age Problem Hardcover – September 1, 1998

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The original edition of "The Canon" was published in German (1941). It was translated into Serbian (1997), into English in Jerusalem (1969), and finally into English in Belgrade (1998). The present review is based on Balgrade translation edited by the Textbook Publishing Company, Belgrade. The book has 634 pages, 57 illustrations, 28 tables and 1338 equations.This paper it seeks to give a general overview of Milankovich s accomplishments. the aacount does not follow the historical order of his discoveries, but the order as they appear in "The Canon". The translations quoted in this paper are from the English edition of 1998. "The Canon" was an interdisciplinary, work between mathematics, astronomy, geophysics and geology. With astronomical methods, Milankovich solved the problems of the secular perturbations in the movements of the Earth; with geophysical methods he solved the law of the Earth s insolation: while with geological methods he studied succession and the history of Quaternary glaciations.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 636 pages
  • Publisher: Agency for Textbooks; 1st edition (September 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8617066199
  • ISBN-13: 978-8617066190
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,758,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By F.M. on October 10, 2010
CANON OF INSOLATION - the basis of all sciences involved in any theory of paleoclimates

This is an English translation of the famous Milankovitch's book written originally in German, and published by the Royal Serbian Academy in 1941. In contrast to the earlier English edition by the Israel Program for Scientific Translations, this edition is exquisitely typeset and bound, is supplied with a signed photograph of Milankovic, with 14 pages of name and subject indexes, and with a comprehensive (36 pages, with 7 figures) biographical essay on Milankovitch's life and work, written by a Milankovitch scholar and academician Nikola Pantic.

Titles of the six parts of the book are: "The planets' motion around the Sun and their mutual perturbations"; "The rotation of the Earth"; "Secular wanderings of the rotational poles of the Earth"; "The Earth's insolation and its secular changes"; "The connection between insolation and the temperature of the Earth and its atmosphere. The mathematical climate of the Earth"; and, "The ice age, its mechanism, structure and chronology". With its extensive technical exposition of the topics listed this classic book will serve well as a supporting text for a variety of graduate courses in atmospheric and astronomical sciences, and, in view of Milankovitch's special interest in and the comprehensive coverage of the history of science involved, will also be of interest to historians of science.

This book aims to give an extended view of all sciences involved in the astronomical theory of paleoclimates.
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