Category: Mathematics

Spherical Trigonometry and Navigational Calculations

Introduction Navigation is the process of planning, recording, and controlling the movement of a craft or vehicle from one location to another. The word derives from the Latin roots navis (“ship”) and agere (“to move or direct”). To achieve these goals in a general way, a coordinate system is needed that allow quantitative calculations. The

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The Struggle for Riemann Hypothesis

David Hilbert in in his 1900 address to the Paris International Congress of Mathematicians, listed the Riemann Hypothesis as one of his 23 problems for mathematicians of the twentieth century to work on. Bernhard Riemann was a German mathematician who made important contributions to geometry, number theory, topology, mathematical physics and the theory of complex

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Srinivasa Ramanujan and Taxicab Numbers

Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887 – 1920) was an Indian mathematician who made extraordinary contributions to mathematical analysis, number theory, infinite series, and continued fractions. He was born in Erode, a small town in Tamil Nadu state, India in a poor Tamil Brahmin family. He was a self-taught mathematician with an uncanny ability to manipulate formulae. Suffering

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