Article ID: CBB000952278

Chinese Mathematicians' Researches on the Golden Section in the Early Qing Dynasty (2008)


Dong, Jie (Author)
Wang, Wei-dong (Author)

Nei Menggu Shifan Daxue Xuebao (Ziran Kexue Ban)
Volume: 37, no. 4
Issue: 4
Pages: 573-578

Publication Date: 2008
Edition Details: [Translated title.] In Chinese.
Language: Chinese

During the late Ming Dynasty, Golden Section, which is named by Xu Guangqi as Lifenzhongmoxian, was introduced into China by Euclid's element, and furthermore, Chinese mathematicians in the early Qing Dynasty enriched Golden Section by clarifying its principles according to their understandings. Three Chinese mathematicians, Li Zijin, Mei Wendingand Yang Zuomei, studied Golden Section from different aspects. What underlies their understandings is that they all adopted the same principle, gougu principle3, as the basis for explaining Golden Section. At the same time, they illustrated Golden Section by using various clear diagrams. Therefore, although there is different among them in the depth of adopting Golden Section, it is beyond all doubt that the three arithmeticians brought forth new ideas from the western arithmetic.


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Authors & Contributors
Tian, Miao
Guo, Shi-rong
Di, Li
Golas, Peter J.
Min, Zong-dian
Ch'iu, Chung-lin
Ziran Kexueshi Yanjiu (Studies in the History of Natural Sciences)
East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine
Historia Scientiarum: International Journal of the History of Science Society of Japan
Nei Menggu Shifan Daxue Xuebao (Ziran Kexue Ban)
Zhongguo Keji Shiliao (China Historical Materials of Science and Technology)
Lishi yuyan yanjiuso jikan (Bulletin of the Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica)
Oxford University Press
Princeton University
Columbia University Press
East Asia, civilization and culture
Cross-cultural interaction; cultural influence
Transmission of ideas
Jie, Xuan
He Guozhu
Hong Chôngha
Xue, Fengzuo
Yi, You
An, Qingqiao
Time Periods
Qing dynasty (China, 1644-1912)
Ming dynasty (China, 1368-1644)
18th century
17th century
19th century
16th century
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)
Astronomical Bureau (China)

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