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Astronomy and Calendars – The Other Chinese Mathematics

104 BC - AD 1644

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Buch. Hardcover

1st ed. 2016. 2016

xxxv, 471 S. 33 s/w-Abbildungen, Bibliographien.

In englischer Sprache

Springer. ISBN 978-3-662-49717-3

Format (B x L): 15,5 x 23,5 cm

Gewicht: 8787 g


This book presents Chinese traditional mathematical astronomy, from the point of view of the history of mathematics. Three different issues are addressed: (1) the possibility or impossibility of using mathematics for predicting astronomical phenomena, a question that was constantly raised by the Chinese from antiquity through medieval times, (2) the modes of representation of numbers found in the context of Chinese mathematical astronomy, and (3) a detailed analysis of the calendrical calculation that are the basis of Chinese predictive mathematics. Detailed examples of calculations and comparisons of the content of Chinese historical calendars from various periods are provided, and the book contains many specific examples of fully worked-out calculations. Traditional Chinese mathematics of the calendar and astronomy consist of temporary and inconsistent collections of mathematical procedures designed to predict, but not to explain, astronomical phenomena and those pertaining to related areas. Yet, beyond appearances, the modelling of the mathematical techniques hidden behind this voluminous corpus reveals that they depend on a limited number of clear-cut mathematical structures. Although only a small fraction of these techniques is known, many of them surprisingly broaden our knowledge of the history of Chinese mathematics. Sinologists interested in the history of Chinese science, and everyone interested in the history of Chinese mathematics, the Chinese calendar, and the history of Chinese mathematical astronomy from its origin (104 BC) to the European reform of Chinese astronomy (1644) will find this book very interesting. Even though this is a research monograph in sinology, no particular Sino-logical background is required, although a basic understanding of what Donald Knuth calls ‘concrete mathematics’ is needed.

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