The Mathematics of the Heavens and the Earth

- The Early History of Trigonometry

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The Mathematics of the Heavens and the Earth
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Bog, hardback
Udgivelsesdato:
25-01-2009
Sprog:
Engelsk
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The Mathematics of the Heavens and the Earth is the first major history in English of the origins and early development of trigonometry. Glen Van Brummelen identifies the earliest known trigonometric precursors in ancient Egypt, Babylon, and Greece, and he examines the revolutionary discoveries of Hipparchus, the Greek astronomer believed to have been the first to make systematic use of trigonometry in the second century BC while studying the motions of the stars. The book traces trigonometry's development into a full-fledged mathematical discipline in India and Islam; explores its applications to such areas as geography and seafaring navigation in the European Middle Ages and Renaissance; and shows how trigonometry retained its ancient roots at the same time that it became an important part of the foundation of modern mathematics. The Mathematics of the Heavens and the Earth looks at the controversies as well, including disputes over whether Hipparchus was indeed the father of trigonometry, whether Indian trigonometry is original or derived from the Greeks, and the extent to which Western science is indebted to Islamic trigonometry and astronomy.The book also features extended excerpts of translations of original texts, and detailed yet accessible explanations of the mathematics in them. No other book on trigonometry offers the historical breadth, analytical depth, and coverage of non-Western mathematics that readers will find in The Mathematics of the Heavens and the Earth.

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Udgivelsesdato:
25-01-2009
ISBN13:
9780691129730
Vægt:
624 g
Dybde:
30 mm
Bredde:
152 mm
Højde:
235 mm
Format:
Hardback
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    Presents the history in English of the origins and early development of trigonometry. This book identifies the earliest known trigonometric precursors in ancient Egypt, Babylon, and Greece, and examines the revolutionary discoveries of Hipparchus. It traces trigonometry's development into a full-fledged mathematical discipline in India and Islam. 16 halftones. 109 line illus. 1 table.

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