Series:Princeton Science Library 68
Aims and Scope
A fun, entertaining exploration of the ideas and people behind the growth of trigonometry
Trigonometry has a reputation as a dry, difficult branch of mathematics, a glorified form of geometry complicated by tedious computation. In Trigonometric Delights, Eli Maor dispels this view. Rejecting the usual descriptions of sine, cosine, and their trigonometric relatives, he brings the subject to life in a compelling blend of history, biography, and mathematics. From the proto-trigonometry of the Egyptian pyramid builders and the first true trigonometry developed by Greek astronomers, to the epicycles and hypocycles of the toy Spirograph, Maor presents both a survey of the main elements of trigonometry and a unique account of its vital contribution to science and social growth. A tapestry of stories, curiosities, insights, and illustrations, Trigonometric Delights irrevocably changes how we see this essential mathematical discipline.
- 256 pages
- 107 b/w illus.
- PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS
- General/trade;Professional and scholarly;College/higher education;
"Trigonometric Delights should be required reading for everyone who teaches trigonometry and can be highly recommended for anyone who uses it."—George H. Swift, American Mathematics Monthly
"If you always wanted to know where trigonometry came from, and what it's good for, you'll find plenty here to enlighten you."—Ian Stewart, New Scientist
"[Maor] writes enthusiastically and engagingly. . . . Delightful reading from cover to cover."—Sean Bradley, MAA Online