Article ID: CBB000760547

The Transmission and Influence of Ptolemy's Almagest towards the End of the Ming Dynasty in China---A Case Study of Chongzhen Lishu (2007)


Deng, Ke-hui (Author)

Nei Menggu Shifan Daxue Xuebao (Ziran Kexue Ban)
Volume: 36, no. 6
Issue: 6
Pages: 666-671

Publication Date: 2007
Edition Details: [Translated title.] In Chinese.
Language: Chinese

Chongzhen Lishu was a literature of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) introducing the science in the ancient Europe. Ptolemy's Almagest was firstly introduced to China. This paper studies the part of important contents in Chongzhen Lishu. It thinks that the Benxing of fixed star was precession and the process of finding the pole of it was from Ptolemy's Almagest. It Sums up the lunar observation and theory of ancient Greek coming from the Ptolemy's Almagest in Chongzhen Lishu. By comparing the content with that in Almagest, the meanings of theory and terms in Chongzhen Lishu are explained. It concludes that Ptolemy's astronomy brought the huge impact and influence to the traditional astronomy in China in the late Ming dynasty.

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Authors & Contributors
Shi, Yunli
Sun, Xiaochun
Wang, Guangchao
Sun, Chengsheng
Chen, Zhihui
Yao, Licheng
Ziran Kexueshi Yanjiu (Studies in the History of Natural Sciences)
Nei Menggu Shifan Daxue Xuebao (Ziran Kexue Ban)
Guangxi Minzu Xueyuan Xuebao
Tsinghua xuebao
Sciamvs: Sources and Commentaries in Exact Sciences
Journal of Dialectics of Nature
East Asia, civilization and culture
Cross-cultural interaction; cultural influence
Transmission of ideas
Ricci, Matteo
Vagnoni, Alfonso
Diaz, Emmanuel
Brahe, Tycho
Li Hongzhang (1823-1901)
Shao Zeng (1832-1877)
Time Periods
Ming dynasty (China, 1368-1644)
Qing dynasty (China, 1644-1912)
17th century
Song-Yuan dynasties (China, 960-1368)
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)

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