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Topic: Historyu of the integral of secant
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Robert Israel

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Re: Historyu of the integral of secant
Posted: Mar 1, 2009 2:52 AM
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> What is the history of the trick to find the indefinite inteegral of the
> secant function? Who first used it, and when?


For the history of the integral of the secant function, see e.g.

The Story of Mercator's Map.: A Chapter in the History of Mathematics
H. S. Carslaw
The Mathematical Gazette, Vol. 12, No. 168 (Jan., 1924)
<http://www.jstor.org/stable/3603395>

and

An Application of Geography to Mathematics: History of the Integral of the Secant
V. Frederick Rickey and Philip M. Tuchinsky
Mathematics Magazine, Vol. 53, No. 3 (May, 1980), pp. 162-166
<http://www.jstor.org/stable/2690106>
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