The Planetary Theory of François Viète 1. The Fundamental Planetary Models

@article{Swerdlow1975ThePT,
title={The Planetary Theory of François Vi{\`e}te 1. The Fundamental Planetary Models},
author={N. Swerdlow},
journal={Journal for the History of Astronomy},
year={1975},
volume={6},
pages={185 - 208}
}

The mathematical techniques of planetary theory carefully explained and used by Ptolemy were still nearly unchanged when Copernicus had completed De revolutionibus some 1400 years later. Many of these techniques were extremely tedious, yet astronomers on the whole showed little interest in facilitating their own work. Copernicus, for example, made little or no use of the tangents of angles, even though the constant recourse to sines necessitated the constant extractions of roots in solving… Expand