By Jean-Claude Martzloff
This booklet is made from elements, the 1st dedicated to common, old and cultural historical past, and the second one to the advance of every subdiscipline that jointly include chinese language arithmetic. The ebook 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 by means of either sinologists and mathematicians alike.
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See Wu Wenjun (2'), 1985, I, p. 1. 691ncluding, in particular: Shen Kangshen (Hangzhou), Li Jimin (Xi'an), Li Di (Huhehot), Bai Shangshu (Peking), Liang Zongju (Shenyang). 70Cf. Wu Wenjun, (l'), 1982. 71Bai Shangshu (6'), 1985. 72Project to translate the Jzuzhang suanshu into English. 73Project to translate the Jzuzhang suanshu and its commentaries into French, in collaboration with K. S. 7 4 L i Dun, ~ (1') to (4'), 1986 to 1989. 75Luo Jianjin, ( 1 ' ) to ( 6 ' ) , 1982 to 1988. 76Shen Kangshen, (3'), 1982 ( a study on ancient Chinese mathematical terminology).
6s The importance of these new Chinese translations of Euclid's Elements stems from the fact that one of them was included in the Shuli jingyun. Subsequently, the missionaries continued to teach the Emperor the rudiments of arithmetic, algebra and trigonometry. The latter used all his new knowledge about evaluation of distances, calculation of volumes and 5gComplete list in Dehergne (l),1973, p. 307. 60Cf. Dehergne, op. , p. 343. 61Cf. Bernard-Maitre (4), 1940, p. 112. 62Collani (l),1985. "See Dehergne ( l ) , 1973, p.
They became familiar with the language and with the classical authors, and presented themselves as "Western literati" (xiru). Matteo Ricci (1552-1610), who was the first to apply this programme, rapidly realised at the same time the extreme difficulty of the christianisation of China and the importance of gaining a stable position in that country. He soon saw how to achieve this. By 1605, he had in fact understood the full advantage which the missionaries could draw from their scientific and technical know-how.
A History of Chinese Mathematics by Jean-Claude Martzloff