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The mathematics of the heavens and the earth : the early history of trigonometry

Author: Glen Van Brummelen
Publisher: Princeton ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, 2009.
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Glen Van Brummelen
ISBN: 9780691129730 0691129738
OCLC Number: 236082858
Description: xvii, 329 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: The Ancient Heavens : Precursors --
Alexandrian Greece --
India --
Islam --
The West to 1550.
Other Titles: Early history of trigonometry
Responsibility: Glen van Brummelen.
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