Chinese Mathematics in the Thirteenth Century

Chinese Mathematics in the Thirteenth Century

By: Ulrich Libbrecht

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An exploration of the life and work of the thirteenth-century mathematician Ch'in, this fascinating book examines a range of mathematical issues that reflect Chinese life of a millennium ago. Its first part consists of four closely related studies of Ch'in and his work. The first study brings together what is known of the mathematician's life and of the history of his only extant work, the Shu-shu chiu-chang. Subsequent studies examine the entire range of mathematical techniques and problems found within Ch'in's book.
The core of this book consists of an in-depth study of what modern mathematicians still refer to as the Chinese remainder theorem for the solution of indeterminate equations of the first degree. This was Ch'in's most original contribution to mathematics--so original that no one could correctly explain Ch'in's procedure until the early nineteenth century. This volume's concluding study unites information on artisanal, economic, administrative, and military affairs dispersed throughout Ch'in's writings, providing rare insights into thirteenth-century China.

Republication of the Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1973 edition.
AvailabilityUsually ships in 24 to 48 hours
ISBN 100486446190
ISBN 139780486446196
Author/EditorUlrich Libbrecht
Page Count592
Dimensions5 3/8 x 8 1/2

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