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By Jean-Claude Martzloff

ISBN-10: 3540337822

ISBN-13: 9783540337829

This booklet is made from elements, the 1st dedicated to common, old and cultural history, and the second one to the improvement of every subdiscipline that jointly include chinese language arithmetic. The publication is uniquely obtainable, either as a topical reference paintings, and in addition as an summary that may be learn and reread at many degrees of class via either sinologists and mathematicians alike.

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2), Hero's formula for the area of a triangle and summary data about polyhedra (Fig. 3), conic sections (Fig. 4), and the stereometry of regular polyhedra. It also contains a complete treatise of sphcrical trigonometry. ir (Fig. 5), the accuracy of which leaves nothing to be desired (Fig. 5):51 4%ernard-Maitre ( 5 ) , 1942, p. 16. 47This work was subsequently renamed the Xznfa suanshu or Xznfa lishu (Treatise of Mathematics (resp. e. according to the European methods)). Here "mathematics" suan and "mathematical astronomy" li are synonymous.

See d'Elia (2), 1956. 8oEuclid'sElements, book 6, definition 3 (Clavius (2), 1591, p. 286). slqiuzuo: lit. " s2Szku quanshu aongmu, j. 107, p. 908 (notice on the Shuli jzngyun). 8%f. Hashimoto (1') and (3'), 1970 and 1973. 84Mei Wending, Jzhe tongjie (Complete explanation of [Euclid's] geometry) in Meishi congshu ,flyao, edited by Mei Zuangao (1874),j 18, p. 3b. See also Martzloff (3), 1981. 30 2. The Historical Context Mei Wending apart, many other scholars found unacceptable the association of mathematics with divinity when, rightly or wrongly, they perceived theology in Jesuit secular works.

30 2. The Historical Context Mei Wending apart, many other scholars found unacceptable the association of mathematics with divinity when, rightly or wrongly, they perceived theology in Jesuit secular works. For example, the author of one of the prefaces of the Jihe lunyue (Summary of [Euclid's] geometrical proofs) (around 1700), a work highly valued by Mei Wending, which was composed by a juren (provincial graduate) called Du Zhigeng, felt obliged to state that the geometrical arguments had no affinity with any theology whatever, especially Buddhist theological thinking, which was generally viewed as vain and ineffective by many Chinese of his time.

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