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Trigonometric Delights

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Trigonometry has always been the black sheep of mathematics. It has a reputation as a dry and difficult subject, a glorified form of geometry complicated by tedious computation. In this book, Eli Maor draws on his remarkable talents as a guide to the world of numbers to dispel that view. Rejecting the usual arid descriptions of sine, cosine, and their trigonometric relativ ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 17th 2002 by Princeton University Press (first published 1998)
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William
Mar 14, 2009 William rated it really liked it
A nice refresher of my basic Trig, mixed with some interesting new concepts and historical backgrounds of several important mathematicians. My only complaint is the formatting of the book: many of the diagrams were placed on a page not viewable to where the explanations took place. This made it harder to follow, and resulted in a tendency to skim rather than study. But still, something I'd like to play more with in my spare time.
Ann
Nov 07, 2015 Ann rated it really liked it
Shelves: mathematics, history
Maor does it again in this fascinating collection of essays on trigonometry. The essays are a combination of history, biographical vignettes, proofs and applications ranging from Pythagoras to map projections to Fourier who avoided geometry like the Plague. 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. Despite the attention ...more
Jef
May 29, 2010 Jef rated it it was amazing
Lots of back story and neat proofs. Really suplamemts a course in trigonometry.

Andrew Davis
Jul 27, 2013 Andrew Davis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mathematics
A bit disappointing. Too much history and not enough trigonometry.
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