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Navigating by the Stars

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/9780691175997.003.0009
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This chapter explains how the star is used to find one's position on the Earth while in a ship at sea. Trigonometry was first used for navigation by fourteenth-century Venetian merchant ships. ... More


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