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Marcus du Sautoy visits an ancient Indian observatory, and explores how Indian mathematicians used trigonometry to make celestial observations. Using examples in right angled triangles, du Sautoy looks at how it can be worked out how much further the sun is from the earth than the moon.
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13 October 2008

Classroom Ideas

Use as enrichment for lessons on trigonometry, and how the trig ratios are like a 'dictionary, translating geometric shapes into numbers.'