Monday, September 15, 2008

Ancient Chinese Mathematics

Chinese Mathematical Art

Nine Chapters on the Mathematical Art

The first chapter of this historical book is about surveying, the basis for all mapping. Nine Chapter of Mathematics is all about practical applications of mathematics in ancient China. It was written over a longer period of time and by various unknown authors. Later there are a number of Chinese mathematicians writing comments on the content of the book.

I had not heard about this work until I was preparing for my visits to China, but this very book belong to the ancient history all Chinese learn about today. Chinese science history in general however remains a treasure to be discovered by both the Chinese themselves as well as the rest of the world.

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