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Astronomy and Mathematics in Ancient China

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

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  • Date Published: January 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521035378

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  • 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.

    • First study of ancient Chinese mathematical astronomy accessible to the non-specialist
    • Fully annotated and lucid translation of an important Chinese astronomical text
    • Shows the close interplay between politics and scientific activity in ancient China
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...the book stands as a fascinating glimpse into the creation of the Han cosmological system of the religious and secular universe and as such is invaluable to sinologists and historians of religions." Science Books & Films

    "This well-written book is much more than an annotated translation of and a lucid introduction to the Zhou bi suan jing, one of the most important ancient Chinese works on astronomy and mathematics....Cullen's fine book...marks an encouraging attempt to reach beyond the limited audience of historians of Chinese science. The book is beautifully produced and richly illustrated." Fa-Ti Fan, Isis

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    • Date Published: January 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521035378
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 187 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.469kg
    • contains: 28 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • 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.

  • Author

    Christopher Cullen, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

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