By Hal Hellman
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It depends on some propositions from Euclid’s Elements, which were well known to Ptolemy and that he mentioned without a reference. Readers who are less familiar with Euclidean geometry may wish to consider the following just a sketch of proof. Let B Δ be the bisector of the angle ABΓ , and let new points H , E , Z , and Θ be as shown, the first three on an arc of circle with center Δ. It should be clear that area of triangle ΔEZ area of sector ΔE Θ . < area of triangle ΔEA area of sector ΔEH Since the two triangles in this inequality have the same height ΔZ and since the two sectors have the same radius, the inequality reduces to EZ < EA Z ΔE , E ΔA 22 Trigonometry Chapter 1 where we have used the symbol simplifying 18 gives for angle.
The law of sines, in particular, was already implied in Ptolemy’s work, was proved by Abu’l-Wafa for spherical triangles, and was also stated and proved by al-Biruni. In fact, al-Tusi used and borrowed from al-Biruni’s 43 It is possible that Mohammed al-Tusi’s connection with religious affairs is the reason for the name Nasir al-Din (frequently spelled Nasir Eddin), by which he is very often known. ” 44 °D©¿ÆC ÈÃv KDQÂ, an Arabic translation of a book that al-Tusi had originally written in Persian a few years before.
23. Subtracting now the first form from this one, we have jya (n + 1)θ − jya nθ = jya nθ − jya (n − 1)θ − jya nθ , jya θ which is Aryabhata’s rule. This rule, or its simplified form, is easier to handle than the one in the Surya Siddhanta because it does not have a long sum on the right. We assume that the rule is only approximate, but may reasonably ask whether the last term on the right can be replaced by another term T (θ ), to be determined, such that jya (n + 1)θ = 2 jya nθ − jya (n − 1)θ − T (θ ) exactly.
Great Feuds in Mathematics: Ten of the Liveliest Disputes Ever by Hal Hellman