• From The Heavens To The Earth: The Mercurial Tale Of Spherical Trigonometry

    7th August, 2018

About DSSE PUBLIC LECTURES

Dhanani School of Science and Engineering (DSSE) at Habib University invites renowned professionals and academics to share their ideas on a wide variety of interesting subjects through its Public Lecture Series. The series aims to enlighten, motivate and stimulate academic debate. Each event is tailored for the general public and encourages participants to think across academic disciplines.

The SSE Public Lecture Series is open and free to attend for the general public. It is hosted at Habib University’s City Campus.

Upcoming DSSE Public Lectures

From the Heavens to the Earth: The Mercurial Tale of Spherical Trigonometry

Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Venue: Soorty Lecture Hall, Habib University

Abstract

The trigonometry we learned in high school is a mere shadow, the part that is needed to do calculus, of this beautiful and ancient discipline. Beginning in ancient Greece to resolve astronomical needs, trigonometry began not on the flat surface we are accustomed to, but on the celestial sphere. On this new surface the theory changes; the results are always elegant and often surprising. The subject developed through several cultures, especially medieval India and Islam, finding uses in a variety of contexts including the determination of the direction of Mecca and ocean-going navigation. We shall explore the beauty and power of spherical trigonometry through its theory, its history, and its diverse applications.

Speaker:

Glen Van Brummelen A mathematics historian, is known particularly for his works dedicated to Trigonometry and Astronomy in the Ancient Greek and Medieval Islamic civilisations. He has authored the first book on the history of trigonometry in over a century called The Mathematics of the Heavens and the Earth: The Early History of Trigonometry. The courses he has taught reflect the richness of his field and he has merged fields such as democracy and trigonometry, music and trigonometry, spherical trigonometry (using a 19th-century textbook), and also how to use the tools an ancient astronomer would and achieve the same results.

Van Brummelen has also been the receiver of the Haimo award, the highest teaching award for undergraduate mathematics in North America.

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