Chinese Mathematics: A Concise History

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This volume presents a record of mathematical developments in China over a period of more than 2000 years. It goes into greater detail than ever previously available in English. Because the emphasis in Chinese mathematics is on algorithms rather than proofs, readers will find results such as Bezout's theorem and Horner's method appearing in a very different context from the familiar tradition of Euclidean deductive geometry. The Chinese always preferred algebraic methods, and by the 13th century A.D. they were ...
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This volume presents a record of mathematical developments in China over a period of more than 2000 years. It goes into greater detail than ever previously available in English. Because the emphasis in Chinese mathematics is on algorithms rather than proofs, readers will find results such as Bezout's theorem and Horner's method appearing in a very different context from the familiar tradition of Euclidean deductive geometry. The Chinese always preferred algebraic methods, and by the 13th century A.D. they were the best algebraists in the world. The original Chinese point of view is retained by the translators. They have supplemented the text with short explanatory comments and references to all relevant reference sources available in the West. An extensive bibliography is included, creating a work which will appeal to general readers interested in Chinese history as well as historians of mathematics.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780198581819
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/1/1987
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.31 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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Monash University

Hong Kong Polytechnic

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Table of Contents


1. The Beginnings of Mathematics in Ancient China

2. The Formation of Mathematical Systems in Ancient China

3. The Development of Mathematics in China During the Wei, Jin, and North and South Dynasties

4. Chinese Mathematics in the Time of the Sui and Tang Dynasties

5. The Zenith of the Development of Mathematics During the Song and Yuan Dynsasties

6. The Evolution from Calculating with Counting Rods to Calculating with the Abacus

7. The First Entry of Western Mathematics into China

8. Mathematics Under the Feudalistic Closed Door Policy in the Middle Period of Qing

9. The Second Entry of Western Mathematics into China

Appendices: 1. Language 2. Chinese Books 3. Chronology 4. History

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