Geometry and Trigonometry

Geometry Beginnings

What was François Viéte’s contribution to geometry?

French mathematician François Viète (or Franciscus Vieta, in Latin; 1540-1603), although thought of as the “founder of modern algebra,” also introduced a connection between algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. He also included trigonometric tables in his Canon Mathematicus (1571), along with the theory behind their construction. (For more about Viéte, see “History of Mathematics” and “Algebra.”)


French mathematician and physicist Gaspard Monge was the first to lay down ideas about modern descriptive geometry.


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