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

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Cambridge University Press, 18 janv. 2007 - 241 pages
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.
 

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The background of the Zhou bi
1
The Zhou bi and its contents
67
The origins of the work
138
The later history of the Zhou bi
157
translation
171
Zhao Shuang and Pythagoras theorem
206
Zhao Shuang and the height of the sun
218
The old shadow table
224
Index
237
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