Spherical trigonometry was at the heart of astronomy and oceangoing navigation for two millennia. The discipline was a mainstay of mathematics education for centuries, and it was a standard subject in high schools until the 1950s. Today, however, it is rarely taught. Heavenly Mathematics traces the rich history of this forgotten art, revealing how the cultures of classical Greece, medieval Islam, and the modern West used spherical trigonometry to chart the heavens and the Earth. Glen Van Brummelen explores this exquisite branch of mathematics and its role in ancient astronomy, geography, and cartography Islamic religious rituals celestial navigation polyhedra stereographic projection and more. He conveys the sheer beauty of spherical trigonometry, providing readers with a new appreciation for its elegant proofs and often surprising conclusions. Heavenly Mathematics is illustrated throughout with stunning historical images and informative drawings and diagrams that have been used to teach the subject in the past. This unique compendium also features easytouse appendixes as well as exercises at the end of each chapter that originally appeared in textbooks from the eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries.
About Glen Van Brummelen
Glen Van Brummelen is coordinator of mathematics and the physical sciences at Quest University Canada and president of the Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics. His books include "The Mathematics of the Heavens and the Earth: The Early History of Trigonometry" (Princeton) and "Mathematics and the Historian's Craft".Details Book
Author  :  Glen Van Brummelen 
Publisher  :  Princeton University Press 
Data Published  :  11 January 2013 
ISBN  :  0691148929 
EAN  :  9780691148922 
Format Book  :  PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT 
Number of Pages  :  208 pages 
Age +  :  15 years 
Language  :  English 
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