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Exploring the Sphere

Glen Van Brummelen

in Heavenly Mathematics: The Forgotten Art of Spherical Trigonometry

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691175997
eISBN:
9781400844807
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691175997.003.0002
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This chapter introduces the reader to the celestial sphere, or the Earth's surface. By rotating the sphere, the motions of the heavens can be simulated. There are three features of celestial motion ... More


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