### Abstract

Original language | English |
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Place of Publication | Copenhagen |
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Publisher | The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters |

Publication status | Published - 1999 |

Event | Wessel Symposium, the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters. - Copenhagen, Denmark Duration: 11 Aug 1998 → 15 Aug 1998 |

### Conference

Conference | Wessel Symposium, the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters. |
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Country | Denmark |

City | Copenhagen |

Period | 11/08/1998 → 15/08/1998 |

### Cite this

*Caspar Wessel. On the Analytical Representation of Direction: An Attempt Applied Chiefly to Solving Plane and Spherical Polygons*. Copenhagen: The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters.

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*Caspar Wessel. On the Analytical Representation of Direction: An Attempt Applied Chiefly to Solving Plane and Spherical Polygons*. The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, Copenhagen.

**Caspar Wessel. On the Analytical Representation of Direction : An Attempt Applied Chiefly to Solving Plane and Spherical
Polygons.** / Branner, Bodil (Editor).

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N2 - This book contains the first complete English translation of Caspar Wessel's paper from 1797 "On the Analytical Representation of Direction". The paper has become famous because it gives the first geometric interpretation of the complex numbers. As the complete translation will show, it is also remarkable for the analytical representation of directions (vectors) in space and the elegant analytic solution of plane and spherical polygons. Wessel's essay is prefaced by two historical papers on the person Caspar Wessel and his work. They shed much new light on this first important Norwegian mathematician and sets his work on "directions" in its proper historical context. Among other things it is shown that the idea of using complex numbers to represent directions in a plane occurred to Wessel as early as 1787 in connection with his work as a surveyor. Moreover the papers address the question why Wessel's essay remained without influence.

AB - This book contains the first complete English translation of Caspar Wessel's paper from 1797 "On the Analytical Representation of Direction". The paper has become famous because it gives the first geometric interpretation of the complex numbers. As the complete translation will show, it is also remarkable for the analytical representation of directions (vectors) in space and the elegant analytic solution of plane and spherical polygons. Wessel's essay is prefaced by two historical papers on the person Caspar Wessel and his work. They shed much new light on this first important Norwegian mathematician and sets his work on "directions" in its proper historical context. Among other things it is shown that the idea of using complex numbers to represent directions in a plane occurred to Wessel as early as 1787 in connection with his work as a surveyor. Moreover the papers address the question why Wessel's essay remained without influence.

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BT - Caspar Wessel. On the Analytical Representation of Direction

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