Imagined Civilizations: China, the West, and Their First Encounter

Imagined Civilizations: China, the West, and Their First Encounter

by Roger Hart


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ISBN-13: 9781421406060
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 08/15/2013
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.15(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Roger Hart is Director of the Confucius Institute and an associate professor of history at Texas Southern University. He has received fellowships from ACLS, NEH, and Mellon. Previous appointments include Seoul National University, University of Texas at Austin, University of Chicago, Institute for Advanced Study, Stanford, UC Berkeley, and Harvard. He is author of The Chinese Roots of Linear Algebra, also published by Johns Hopkins.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1

2 Science as the Measure of Civilizations 33

3 From Copula to Incommensurable Worlds 51

4 Mathematical Texts in Historical Context 77

5 Tracing Practices Purloined by the Three Pillars 131

6 Xu Guangqi, Grand Guardian 195

7 Conclusions 257

Acknowledgments 265

Appendix A Zhu Zaiyu's New Theory of Calculation 271

Appendix B Xu Guangqi's Right Triangles, Meanings 279

Appendix C Xu Guangqi's Writings 291

Bibliography 305

Index 367

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