Early Development of Geometry
Date: 2/5/96 at 10:17:3 From: Anonymous Subject: Pythagoras and the Chinese While searching the web, I have discovered that Zhoubi Suanjing (The Arithmetical Classic of the Gnomon and the Circular Paths of Heaven (c. 100 B.C.E. - c.100 C.E)) states the Pythagorean theorem during the Han dynasty. Do you have any references for this? I am trying to find some parallels in the development of early geometry between the East and the West.
Date: 2/29/96 at 12:41:55 From: Doctor Jodi Subject: Re: Pythagoras and the Chinese Hi... While browsing through Books in Print, I found a reference that might help you. It's a book called WAS PYTHAGORAS CHINESE? AN EXAMINATION OF RIGHT TRIANGLE THEORY IN ANCIENT CHINA by Frank Swetz and T.I.Kao published by Penn State U Press in 1977, ISBN 0-271-01238-2 It looks like the paperback is around $5.95 (at least as of 1990 or so), but your librarian should also be able to help you loan a copy through Interlibrary Loan. Good luck! -Doctor Jodi, The Math Forum
Date: 2/29/96 at 21:29:51 From: Doctor Ken Subject: Re: Pythagoras and the Chinese Hey there - Here are a couple of other references you might be interested in: The Crest of the Peacock: Non-European Roots of Mathematics by George Gheverghese Joseph. Also, check out this resource on the Web: http://aleph0.clarku.edu/~djoyce/mathhist/china.html It's part of a big math history site. Enjoy! -Doctor Ken, The Math Forum
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