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...

The Mathematics of the Heavens and the Earth is the first major history in English of the origins and early development of trigonometry. Gle...

Honoring the career of the mathematics historian J.L. Berggren, this book surveys scholarship in the mathematical sciences in ancient Greece and medieval Islam. Also included are studies by eminent scholars of the ancient and medieval mathematical sciences.

Honoring the career of the mathematics historian J.L. Berggren, this book surveys scholarship in the mathematical sciences in ancient Greece and medie...

Heavenly Mathematics traces the rich history of spherical trigonometry, revealing how the cultures of classical Greece, medieval Islam, and the modern West used this forgotten art to chart the heavens and the Earth. Once at the heart of astronomy and ocean-going navigation for two millennia, the discipline was also a mainstay of mathematics education for centuries and taught widely until the 1950s. Glen Van Brummelen explores this exquisite branch of mathematics and its role in ancient astronomy, geography, and cartography; Islamic religious rituals; celestial navigation; polyhedra;...

Heavenly Mathematics traces the rich history of spherical trigonometry, revealing how the cultures of classical Greece, medieval Islam, and ...