Chung-kuo shu hsüeh

Chung-kuo shu hsüeh

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This volume presents a record of mathematical developments in China over a period of more than 2000 years. It goes into greater detail than ever previously available in English. Because the emphasis in Chinese mathematics is on algorithms rather than proofs, readers will find results such as Bezout's theorem and Horner's method appearing in a very different context from the familiar tradition of Euclidean deductive geometry. The Chinese always preferred algebraic methods, and by the 13th century A.D. they were the best algebraists in the world. The original Chinese point of view is retained by the translators. They have supplemented the text with short explanatory comments and references to all relevant reference sources available in the West. An extensive bibliography is included, creating a work which will appeal to general readers interested in Chinese history as well as historians of mathematics.The rules of addition and subtraction for a#39;stronga#39; and a#39;weaka#39; discussed by Liii Hong ( Wi* ) are the same as the rules for the addition and subtraction of positive and negative numbers. The method of adding and subtracting positive and negativeanbsp;...

Title:Chung-kuo shu hsüeh
Author: Yăn Lĭ, Shirán Dù, John N. Crossley, Anthony Wah-Cheung Lun
Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA - 1987

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