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N the Study (as well as in the Teaching ) of any Art or Science, a Gradual Proceeding therein, ought First, and Princi
pally, to be considered : For, It is one thing to Teach ; and another How to Teach : And, according to the Adage, Qui bene diftinguit, bene Docet.
Now, the Design of this Book, being for the Directing and Inftru&ting of such as would apply themselves to the Study of any Mathematical Science, so as to become such a Proficient therein, as to give a Demonstrable Account of what he does; must not attempt, at the firit Onset, to fall directly upon that Part he principally aims at, but first acquaint himself well with such Elements as concern, and are subfervient
to, them all.
And to that end, The several Parts and Sections of this Book, are disposed in such Order ; That, Beginning with the First Part (which is as a KEY to give you entrance into the GATE; which is the Second Part ; Through which, having perfc&tly palled, you may confidently proceed to fall upon the Study (or Pra&tice) of any Mathematical Science ;. And not only on thote that I have here (by my HAND
MAID, in the Third Part) directed you to; but to any other you shall attempt : TRIGONOMETRIA being the Basis, Foundation ; nay, the very Primum Mobile, of all the rest.
For Illustration whereof, I have applyed the Do£trine of Triangles to Practice in the several Sections of the Third Part) in the Solution of such Problems, as are of frequent use in several Parts of the Mathematicks. So in the First, Which teacheth how to take all manner of Heights and Distances, acceslible or inaccessible: And in the Sixth, which treateth of Navigation both by the Plain Sea-Chart, and that called Mercators; in both which, I have first shewed how Geometrically, by Scale and Compasses, to lay. down (upon Paper) a Figure answerable to the Question Propounded : In which Figure, so laid down, you will have constituted a Right-Lined Triangle or Triangles, of fome kind or other, i. e.
PREFACE. either Right or Oblique-Angled ; And in it difcovered what Parts thereof are Given, by the demand in the Question ; and then the Part or Parts Unknown will be such (as being found) will answer the Question demanded : And herein the Excellency of the Doctrine of Plain Triangles is in part made manifest.
Likewise, In the 1št. 2d. 3d. 4th. and 5th. Sections, which treateth of Cosmography; and therein of Geography, Astronomy and Dialling : I do first declare, and shew how the Operation of the Question or Proportion, is to be performed upon the Terrestrial or Celestial Globe (according as the thing proposed does require.) Which Question being resolved upon the Globe ; and the Globe resting in the same Position it was when the Question was resolved thereupon : You will upon the Body of the Globe, (by the great Circles thereon described, and those appendant to it) apparently discover a Spherical Triangle or Triangles Constituted ; in which (according to the Tenor of the Question) you will plainly perceive what Parts thereof are Given ; and then, the other Parts being found, muit necessarily Answer the Question Propounded : And herein, in some measure, is the Doctrine of Spherical Triangles made applicable to all the above-named Practices. And Moreover, by Projecting of the Sphere,
as is done for the Geographical Problems in Part III. Section the Second. And for Astronomical Problems, as is shewed in PART II. Section II. Of Projection of the Sphere in Plano, &c.
Allo in the VIIch. Section, which treats of the Theories, and finding the Places of the Planets, ^c. there the Doctrine of Triangles both Plain and Spherical, are joyntly concerned : So that, let your Mathematical Practice or Study be, Opticks, Perspective, Fortification, Gunnery, or any other Mathematical Art': The most Problems relating to any of them, must be beholding to. Trigonometry for their Solutions.
And now I have but one thing more to advers tise the Reader of: That, Whereas in the performances of all the Operations in the several Parts of this Book, the First (which treats of Practical Geometry only) excepted, there is continual Use to be made of a CANON, TRIGONOMETR I. CAL; or Tables of Artificial Sines, TANGENTS and LOGARITHMS ; So that the Reader cannot expect but that such Tables should have been Added unto these Precepts. And, indeed, it was so intended, but that almost in every Book that hath any thing of the Mensuration of Triangles in it, there are such Tables Printed ; and that one or other of them may be in every Man's Hands; and because all the Problems in this Book