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    Astronomy and Mathematics in Ancient China: The 'Zhou Bi Suan Jing' (Needham Research Institute Studies, 1) (Hardback) By (author) Christopher Cullen


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    DescriptionThis translation of an ancient Chinese book on astronomy (which is believed to date back to the first century AD) provides the non-specialist with a lucid account of how Chinese astronomers did their work in ancient times. The book also shows how the Chinese imperial government made use of and supported the work of astronomers, and explores the links between astronomy and politics. It will be of equal interest to historians of science and those studying the history of Chinese culture.

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    Astronomy and Mathematics in Ancient China
    The 'Zhou Bi Suan Jing'
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Christopher Cullen
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 255
    Width: 189 mm
    Height: 246 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 771 g
    ISBN 13: 9780521550895
    ISBN 10: 0521550890

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    BIC E4L: SCI
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FPC
    BIC subject category V2: PG
    BISAC V2.8: HIS008000, SCI034000, HIS002000, MAT015000, SCI004000
    BIC subject category V2: 1FPC
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: QA27.C5 C85 1996
    DC20: 520.931
    Thema V1.0: PG
    Edition statement
    annotated edition
    Illustrations note
    28 b/w illus.
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    18 April 1996
    Publication City/Country
    Review quote
    '... Cullen provides a lucid and highly readable survey of the development of Chinese cosmography ... All this and more is set forth in a jargon-free style accessible to the general reader while at the same time satisfying the demands of the specialist for comprehensive and informative references and Chinese characters.' The Journal of Asian Studies 'The pathway for the reader is more than just academically interesting ... he will find himself led through fascinating territory.' Irish Astronomical Journal 'Christopher Cullen's book will help immensely in enlarging our view of cultural production during the Han ... [it] is a challenging and thoughtful inquiry for any reader of ancient Chinese texts.' Andrea Eberhard, Centaurus '... the first easily accessible introduction to the developing mathematical and observational practices of ancient Chinese astronomers ... of equal interest to historians of science and those studying the history of Chinese culture.' Europe & Astronomy
    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.