Article ID: CBB209592901

Modern Chinese Translation, Photographs, and Expert Commentaries on an Excerpt from the Qin Dynasty Bamboo Strips Preserved at Peking University: “Lu Jiuci Asks Chen Qi About Numbers” (2015)


"Lu Jiuci Asks Chen Qi About Numbers"is a special and significant excerpt from one of the mathematical books on bamboo strips preserved at Peking University. This article publishes photographs of all the bamboo strips along with a modern Chinese translation of this excerpt,as well as a series of commentaries written by a group of expert historians of mathematics and paleographers.They explain the difficult textual points of this document and reveal its rich content and significance from different points of view,including textual explanations,mathematical thoughts and mathematical methods,medicine,divination,city construction in ancient China,and theories about the historiography of mathematics. This special article is expected to promote studies on the history of Chinese mathematics and research on the thought and culture of ancient China.

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Authors & Contributors
Chen, Zhihui
Man, Zhimin
Zhang, Tiansheng
Zhang, Jian
Zhang, Fang
Yuan, Yuan
Ziran Kexueshi Yanjiu (Studies in the History of Natural Sciences)
Chinese Journal for the History of Science and Technology
Chinese Annals of History of Science and Technology
Taiwan Wenxue Yanjiu Jikan
Sciamvs: Sources and Commentaries in Exact Sciences
Nei Menggu Shifan Daxue Xuebao (Ziran Kexue Ban)
State University of New York Press
East Asia, civilization and culture
Cross-cultural interaction; cultural influence
Shao Zeng (1832-1877)
Li Hongzhang (1823-1901)
Li Wenyu (1840–1911)
Whewell, William
Vagnoni, Alfonso
Li, Shanlan
Time Periods
Qing dynasty (China, 1644-1912)
Ming dynasty (China, 1368-1644)
20th century, early
19th century
3rd century, B.C.
Yellow River (China)
Imperial University of Peking
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)

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