Astronomy and Mathematics in Ancient China: The 'Zhou Bi Suan Jing'

Astronomy and Mathematics in Ancient China: The 'Zhou Bi Suan Jing'

by Christopher Cullen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521035376

ISBN-13: 9780521035378

Pub. Date: 01/18/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This is a study and translation of the Zhou bi suan jing, a Chinese work on astronomy and mathematics that reached its final form around the first century AD. The author provides the first easily accessible introduction to the developing mathematical and observational practices of ancient Chinese astronomers and shows how the generation and validation of knowledge

Overview

This is a study and translation of the Zhou bi suan jing, a Chinese work on astronomy and mathematics that reached its final form around the first century AD. The author provides the first easily accessible introduction to the developing mathematical and observational practices of ancient Chinese astronomers and shows how the generation and validation of knowledge about the heavens in Han dynasty China related closely to developments in statecraft and politics. This book will be fascinating reading for scholars in the history of science, Chinese history, and astronomy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521035378
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/18/2007
Series:
Needham Research Institute Studies Series, #1
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. The background of the Zhou bi; 2. The Zhou bi and its contents; 3. The origins of the work; 4. The later history of the Zhou bi; Zhou bi suan jing: translation; Appendices; References and bibliography; Index.

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