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A Survey of Geometrical Diagrams in Korean Mathematical Texts from the 17th to the 19th Century (2013)


In this paper, geometrical diagrams in Korean mathematical texts from the 17th to the 19th century are collected, analyzed, and compared with those in certain Chinese sources. Several groups of commonly drawn diagrams are represented. Two special features - using the color black to show the "void" or the redundant parts in a diagram and using parallel lines to represent "depth" - are discussed. From the diagrams and special features, it can be seen that diagrams in Korean texts are typically used in three ways: to show manipulations of instruments in the process of problem solving, to explain procedures or algebraic identities, and simply to represent two- or three-dimensional geometrical objects. The last way is different from the ways in which most diagrams are used in Chinese texts.

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Authors & Contributors
Suh, Soyoung
Marcon, Federico
Gordin, Michael
Guenther, Katja
Burns, Susan
Bevilacqua, Fabio
Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity
British Society for the History of Mathematics Bulletin
American Mathematical Monthly
Environmental History
Journal of the History of Ideas
Università degli Studi
Stanford University Press
University of Chicago Press
Princeton University
Harvard University Asia Center
Mathematics education
Visual representation; visual communication
Reasoning in science
Cardinael, Sybrandt Hansz
Hume, David
Newton, Isaac
Zhang, Zhongjing
Descartes, René
Marcolongo, Roberto
Time Periods
17th century
19th century
18th century
20th century
15th century
16th century
North America

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