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. He shows how Greek astronomers developed the first true trigonometry. 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. 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. C. Escher used geometric progressions in his art; and we learn how the toy Spirograph uses epicycles and hypocycles.
Maor also sketches the lives of some of the intriguing figures who have shaped four thousand years of trigonometric history. 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 the poor--but not before she investigated a special curve that, due to mistranslation, bears the unfortunate name "the witch of Agnesi." The book is richly illustrated, including rare prints from the author's own collection. Trigonometric Delights will change forever our view of a once dreaded subject.
•Covers the basics of algebra, trigonometry, geometry, and calculus
•Includes all of the mathematics needed to learn calculus
•Demonstrates the interplay and interconnectedness of these topics
•Uses numerous examples and exercises to reinforce concepts
If you think a Cartesian coordinate is something from science fiction or a hyperbolic tangent is an extreme exaggeration, you need Trigonometry DeMYSTiFieD, Second Edition, to unravel this topic's fundamental concepts and theories at your own pace.
This practical guide eases you into "trig," starting with angles and triangles. As you progress, you will master essential concepts such as mapping, functions, vectors, and more. You will learn to transform polar coordinates as well as apply trigonometry in the real world. Detailed examples make it easy to understand the material, and end-of-chapter quizzes and a final exam help reinforce key ideas.
It's a no-brainer! You'll learn about:Right triangles Circular functions Hyperbolic functions Inverse functions Geometrical optics Infinite-series expansions Trigonometry on a sphere
Simple enough for a beginner, but challenging enough for an advanced student, Trigonometry DeMYSTiFieD, Second Edition, helps you master this essential subject.