Trigonometric Delights has 99 ratings and 5 reviews. William said: A nice refresher of my basic Trig, mixed with some interesting new concepts and histor. TRIGONOMETRIC Delights. ELI MAOR. “Here is trigonometry viewed through the lens of history — a rich, intriguing book that will leave readers shouting for Maor. Trigonometric Delights, by Eli Maor, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, , xiv + pp. figures, $ ISBN ; softcover;.

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Ross rated it liked it Feb 26, Rejecting the usual arid descriptions of sine, cosine, and their trigonometric relatives, he brings the subject to life in a compelling blend of history, biography, and mathematics.

We meet, for instance, the Renaissance scholar Regiomontanus, who is rumored to have been poisoned for insulting a colleague, and Maria Agnesi, an eighteenth-century Italian genius who gave up mathematics to work with deights poor–but not before she investigated a special curve that, due to mistranslation, bears the unfortunate name “the witch of Agnesi.

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In Arabic teigonometric as also in Hebrew — words consist mostly of consonants, the pronunciation of the missing vowels being understood through common usage. Escher used geometric progressions in his art; and we learn how the toy Spirograph uses epicycles and hypocycles.

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Want to Read saving…. He traces the slow emergence of modern, analytical trigonometry, recounting its colorful origins in Renaissance Europe’s quest for more accurate artillery, more precise clocks, and more pleasing musical instruments.

Trigonometric Delights

It has a reputation as a dry and difficult subject, a glorified form of geometry complicated by tedious computation. The author starts by examining the “proto-trigonometry” of the Egyptian pyramid builders.

We meet, for instance, the Renaissance msor Regiomontanus, who is rumored to have been poisoned for insulting a colleague, and Maria Agnesi, an eighteenth-century Italian genius who gave up mathematics to work with the poor–but not before she investigated a special curve that, due to mistranslation, bears the unfortunate name “the witch of Agnesi.

Lists with This Book. To ask other readers questions about Trigonometric Delightsplease sign up. Check out the top sli of the year on our page Best Books of He shows how Greek astronomers developed the first true trigonometry. Along the way, we see trigonometry at work in, for example, the struggle of the famous mapmaker Gerardus Mercator to represent the curved earth on a flat sheet of paper; we see how M.

The 24 rows of values each represent an increment of 3: But the first work to refer explicitly to the sine as a function of an angle deliights the Aryabhatiya of Aryabhata ca. Peter rated it really liked it Mar 13, Charlotte Bouckaert rated it really liked it Apr 10, Jul 02, Elizabeth marked it as dnf-maybe-another-time. Account Options Sign in. Maor does it again in this fascinating collection of essays on trigonometry. He presents both a survey of the main elements of trigonometry and a unique account of its vital contribution to science and social development.

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The Best Books of Description Trigonometry has always been the black sheep of mathematics. Trigonometric Delights will change forever our view of a once dreaded subject. Kitchen, Mathematics Teacher show more. Harsh Kumar rated it it was amazing Aug 06, It has a reputation as a dry and difficult subject, a glorified form of geometry complicated by its tedious computation. Paperbackpages. Princeton University Press- Mathematics – pages. Neo rated it really liked it Aug 02, Joanna Thomas rated it liked it Jul 15, Ketan C Bhaidasna rated it really liked it Sep 10, Rejecting the usual arid descriptions of sine, cosine, and their trigonometric relatives, he brings the subject to life in a blend of history, biography and mathematics.