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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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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. He presents both a survey of the main elements of trigonometry and an account of its vital contribution to science and social development.

Trigonometric Delights by Eli Maor

He has published extensively in journals of mathematics and mathematics education and is the author of To Infinity and Beyonde: Harsh Kumar rated it it was amazing Aug 06, Rejecting the usual arid descriptions of sine, cosine, and their trigonometric relativ Trigonometry has always been the black sheep of mathematics.

Woven together in a tapestry of entertaining stories, scientific curiosities, and educational insights, the book more than lives up to the title Trigonometric Delights. Jul 02, Elizabeth marked it as dnf-maybe-another-time. Michael rated it really liked it May 10, Mar 14, William rated it really liked it.

Escher used geometric progressions in his art; and we learn how the toy Spirograph uses epicycles and hypocycles. Vaibhav rated it really liked it May 04, This made it harder to follow, and resulted in a tendency to skim rather than study.


Trigonometric Delights

Other writers followed, and soon the word sinus — or sine in its Engl version – became common in mathematical texts throughout Europe. Maor also sketches the lives of trigonometfic of the intriguing figures who have shaped years of trigonometric history.

Maor, whose previous books have demystified the concept of infinity and the unusual number “e,” begins by examining the “proto-trigonometry” of the Egyptian pyramid builders. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Ben Frisch rated it it was amazing Oct 18, Now begins an interesting etymological evolution that would eventually lead to our modern word ” sine “. Emil Kerimov rated it it was amazing Dec 15, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Books by Eli Maor. When the Arabs translated the Aryabhatiyathey retained the word jiva without translating its meaning. Trivia About Trigonometric Del Ross rated it liked it Feb 26, He shows sli Greek astronomers developed the first true trigonometry.

Ketan C Bhaidasna rated it really liked it Sep 10, Nahin, author of Duelling Idiots and Other Probability Puzzlers “This msor will appeal to a general audience interested in the history of mathematics.

My only complaint is the formatting of the book: Maor presents the basic trigonometric functions, cosine and sine in the historical development of their uses from concrete geometry to more abstract number theory, a far cry from the introduction many had in high school.

Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. We find the word sinus in the writings of Gherardo of Cremona c. The book presents the subject and its history the way they should be presented – it’s a delight to read. Mar 28, Jef rated it it was amazing. Trigonometric Delights will change forever our view of trlgonometric once dreaded subject.


Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of In Arabic — as also in Hebrew — words consist mostly of consonants, the pronunciation of the missing vowels being understood through common usage. It has a reputation as a dry and difficult delihgts, a glorified form of geometry complicated by tedious computation. The 24 rows of values mar represent an increment of 3: When the Arabic version was translated into Latin, jaib was translated into sinuswhich means bosom, bay, or curve on lunar maps regions resembling bays are called sinus.

Really best experiences during or right after a class in trigonometry, He makes the characters from the history of trigonomrtry come alive in a nerdy sort fli way.

Published March 17th by Princeton University Press first published No trivia or quizzes yet. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.

He presents both a survey of the main elements of trigonometry and a unique account of its vital contribution to science and social development. In this book, Eli Maor provides a guide to the world of numbers to dispel that view. Marcin Sobieszczanski rated it it was ok Aug 03,