The Resource Heavenly mathematics : the forgotten art of spherical trigonometry, Glen Van Brummelen

Heavenly mathematics : the forgotten art of spherical trigonometry, Glen Van Brummelen

Label
Heavenly mathematics : the forgotten art of spherical trigonometry
Title
Heavenly mathematics
Title remainder
the forgotten art of spherical trigonometry
Statement of responsibility
Glen Van Brummelen
Title variation
Forgotten art of spherical trigonometry
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
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. 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
Cataloging source
UMI
Dewey number
516.24
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
QA535
LC item number
.V36 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Heavenly mathematics : the forgotten art of spherical trigonometry, Glen Van Brummelen
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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 -- Navigation
Control code
ocn825071220
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xvi, 192 pages, [8] pages color plates)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781299051256
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 22573/ctt1mmwqb
  • cl0500000186
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b28256724
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)825071220
  • pebcs1299051251

Library Locations

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      75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds, Victoria, 3216, AU
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