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Published: 20 February 2012

496 Pages | 26 black and white half tones and 48 black and white line illustrations

9.7 x 7.4 inches

ISBN: 9780199601400

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The Emperor's New Mathematics

Western Learning and Imperial Authority During the Kangxi Reign (1662-1722)

Catherine Jami

  • A new insight into the role played by the mathematical sciences in establishing the rule of China's last and greatest dynasty
  • Tells the story of the Kangxi emperor as the only ruler of a great empire who personally acquired advanced expertise in mathematics and astronomy
  • A study of how sciences and empires have shaped each other in the early modern age, focused on an empire centred in East Asia rather than in Western Europe
  • An analysis of the reception of Western mathematics in China prior to the nineteenth century that gives full weight to sources in Chinese and Manchu, as well as in European languages
  • A historical analysis of mathematics that ties together its technical aspects with its political and cultural implications