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5.0 out of 5 stars The all-time classic work on dialing.
Albert Waugh's "Sundials: Their Theory and Construction" is a veritable treasure-house of information on the ancient science of gnomonics. As a dedicated dialist of several years, I never could have achieved such wonderful results without Waugh's classic book. The work presents the art of building sundials from two perspectives: for the advanced dialist, Waugh's...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dunious
I tried to calculate my own from this, but he used logarithms where there is no need to, and I could never get my design correct. I wasted a lot of time trying to get this to work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The all-time classic work on dialing., 25 July 1998
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This review is from: Sundials: Their Theory and Construction (Anywhere But Naxos) (Paperback)
Albert Waugh's "Sundials: Their Theory and Construction" is a veritable treasure-house of information on the ancient science of gnomonics. As a dedicated dialist of several years, I never could have achieved such wonderful results without Waugh's classic book. The work presents the art of building sundials from two perspectives: for the advanced dialist, Waugh's book approaches the theory from a highly complex, mathematical viewpoint, including some aspects of celestial mechanics; for the average "do-it-yourself-er", Waugh presents several projects that are simple and well-explained. Accompanying this fine work is a collection of solar tables, astronomical information, and various data of inestimable value that would alone justify the purchase price of the book. So whether your purpose is to further your technical interest in the fascinating science of gnomonics, or merely to build an attractive sundial for your garden over the weekend, "Sundial! s: Their Theory and Construction" should be in your collection. It is considered the very "bible" of dialmaking. I couldn't brag about it more had I written it myself!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sundials: Their theory and construction, 7 April 1998
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History of time-keeping by the sun, all types of sundial (including some you will never have seen before) also moondials. If you read this book, you will not rest until you have made your own sundial (I didn't)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sundials: Their Theory and Construction, 18 July 2011
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Sundials: Their Theory and Construction (Anywhere But Naxos)
This book is surely a classic. It is now a bit old and dated, but in my view it is still the very best introduction to Sundials there is. Essential reading for anybody starting out on the fascinating hobby of making sundials.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on sundials I've ever seen, 30 Aug 1998
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This book not only covers everything from time itself to noon marks to fancy sundials, it is well written and fun to read - a rare combination in a "technical" book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, 22 May 2014
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Lovely little book. Very information dense and has projects in it which even a dunce like myself can get his head round doing.
I really (seriously) wish I had a garden that wasn't in perpetual shade, but giving away sundials is like spreading a little sunshine...

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5.0 out of 5 stars My desert island choice, 28 Feb 2014
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I bought this book for someone else but know it well and love it. Rated by "those who know" as the best beginner book on how sundials work. Albert Waugh has a sense of humour too. Great book!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dunious, 13 Feb 2014
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I tried to calculate my own from this, but he used logarithms where there is no need to, and I could never get my design correct. I wasted a lot of time trying to get this to work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book Review, 22 July 2009
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A very good practical book, plus theory on how sundials work very good for GCSE Astronomy course work too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 18 July 2014
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