A History of Japanese Mathematics

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One of the first books to show Westerners the nature of Japanese mathematics, this survey highlights the leading features in the development of the wasan, the Japanese system of mathematics. Topics include the use of the soroban, or abacus; the application of sangi, or counting rods, to algebra; the discoveries of the 17th-century sage Seki Kowa; the yenri, or circle principle; the work of 18th-century geometer Ajima Chokuyen; and Wada Nei's contributions to the understanding of hypotrochoids. Unabridged ...

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One of the first books to show Westerners the nature of Japanese mathematics, this survey highlights the leading features in the development of the wasan, the Japanese system of mathematics. Topics include the use of the soroban, or abacus; the application of sangi, or counting rods, to algebra; the discoveries of the 17th-century sage Seki Kowa; the yenri, or circle principle; the work of 18th-century geometer Ajima Chokuyen; and Wada Nei's contributions to the understanding of hypotrochoids. Unabridged republication of the classic 1914 edition. 74 figures. Index.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780486434827
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 4/30/2004
  • Series: Dover Books on Mathematics Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 951,282
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

1. The Earliest Period
2. The Second Period
3. The Development of the Soroban
4. The Sangi Applied to Algebra
5. The Third Period
6. Seki Kowa
7. Seki's Contemporaries and Possible Western Influences
8. The Yenri or Circle Principle
9. The Eighteenth Century
10. Ajima Chokuyen
11. The Opening of the Nineteenth Century
12. Wada Nei
13. The Close of the Old Wasan
14. The Introduction of Occidental Mathematics
Index.
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