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Title Heavenly mathematics : the forgotten art of spherical trigonometry / Glen Van Brummelen.
Author Van Brummelen, Glen, author.
Publication Princeton ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, [2017]
Copyright date ©2013
Description xvi, 192 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Call # 516.24 V
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "Spherical trigonometry was at the heart of astronomy and ocean-going 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."--Jacket.
Contents Heavenly mathematics -- Exploring the sphere -- The ancient approach -- The medieval approach -- The modern approach: right-angled triangles -- The modern approach: oblique triangles -- Areas, angles, and polyhedra -- Stereographic projection -- Navigating by the stars.
Subject Spherical trigonometry.
ISBN 9780691175997 (paperback)
0691175993 (paperback)

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