Publisher Information: Berlin: Gebrüder Borntraeger, 1930.
Milankovi , Milutin (1879-1958). Mathematische Klimalehre und astronomische Theorie der Klimaschwankungen. Handbuch der Klimatologie, ed. W. Köppen and R. Geiger, Band 1, Teil A. iv, 176pp. Berlin: Gebrüder Borntraeger, 1930. 256 x 169 mm. Bound with Teil D, Teil E and Teil F of the Handbuch in 20th-century half calf, marbled boards, library label on front cover, hinges a bit rubbed; original printed wrappers for each part bound in. First signature loose, a few leaves slightly creased. Very good. Library stamps on front wrappers and titles of all four parts.
First Edition. Milancovi ’s classic initial exposition of what are now known as Milankovi cycles—cyclical changes in a planet’s climate caused by the variations in its orbit, which affect the amount of solar radiation (insolation) the planet receives. Milankovitch theorized that variations in eccentricity, axial tilt, and precession of the Earth’s orbit determined climatic patterns on Earth through orbital forcing, leading to periodic Ice Ages. On Earth these variations have played a decisive role in initiating the growth of glaciers, leading to at least five major periods of significantly colder temperatures. “Milankovi revolutionized the understanding of climate dynamics. He put the astronomical theory of climate on a firm mathematical basis and founded cosmic climatology by calculating the temperature conditions on planets of the inner solar system, and the depth of atmosphere of the outer planets. In particular he calculated the impact of Earth’s secular orbital cycles on climate changes and explained the origin of the Pleistocene ice ages. The perennial periodic orbital variations (eccentricity, obliquity, precession) considered in his canon of insolation, along with their influence on planets’ climates, today are called ‘Milancovi cycles’” (New Dictionary of Scientific Biography).
Milancovi ’s work is bound with the following: Rudolf Geiger, Mikroklima und Pflanzenklima (Handbuch der Klimatologie, Teil D); W. Borchardt, K. Wegener and W. Köppen, Einfluss des Klimas auf den Menschen (Handbuch der Klimatologie, Teil E); and A. Wagner, Klimatologie der freien Atmosphäre (Handbuch der Klimatologie, Teil F), all published in 1930. Garrison-Morton.com 7308.Book Id: 46108