TY - BOOK
DB - /z-wcorg/
DP - http://worldcat.org
ID - 236082858
LA - English
T1 - The mathematics of the heavens and the earth : the early history of trigonometry
A1 - Van Brummelen, Glen.,
PB - Princeton University Press
CY - Princeton; Oxford
Y1 - 2009///
SN - 9780691129730 0691129738
AB - "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."--Jacket.
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