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By Jean-Claude Martzloff

This ebook is made from elements, the 1st dedicated to common, ancient and cultural history, and the second one to the improvement of every subdiscipline that jointly contain chinese language arithmetic. The booklet 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 way of either sinologists and mathematicians alike.

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The Duce (lit. "the great measuring") (1631) is the first Chinese trigonometry (plane and spherical) (the term "great" refers here to the fact that the purpose of this trigonometry is the measuring of the great heavens rather than small earthly distances as in common surveying). It contains a definition of the "eight cyclotomical lines" geyuan baxian, in other words, the sine zhengxian, the cosine yuxian, the tangent qiexian, the cotangent yuqie, the secant zhengge, the cosecant yuge, the versed sine zhengshi and the versed cosine yushi.

If one had to compare these historians with European historians, one might say that the former bear greater resemblance to P. Ver Eecke or J. Itard than to G. Sarton, since they approach their subject as enlightened amateurs rather than professional historians. " What is more, these articles cover all areas, including biography, bibliography, critical studies of ancient texts, history of specific problcms, syntheses, etc. In 1955, China founded a team for research into the history of mathematics.

Sarton, since they approach their subject as enlightened amateurs rather than professional historians. " What is more, these articles cover all areas, including biography, bibliography, critical studies of ancient texts, history of specific problcms, syntheses, etc. In 1955, China founded a team for research into the history of mathematics. " Although he worked for a long time under particularly difficult material conditions, exercising in turn the profession of office clerk, accountant and proof-reader," Yan Dunjie stands out as one of the most solid researchers in the discipline, since he perceived the history of Chinese mathematics from a truly historical angle from a very early stage.

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