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Granting the Seasons: The Chinese Astronomical Reform of 1280, with a Study of Its Many Dimensions and a Translation of Its Records (Sources and Studies in the History of Mathematics and Physic)

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China's most sophisticated system of computational astronomy was created for a Mongol emperor who could neither read nor write Chinese, to celebrate victory over China after forty years of devastating war. This book explains how and why, and reconstructs the observatory and the science that made it possible.   For two thousand years, a fundamental ritual of government was the emperor's "granting the seasons" to his people at the New Year by issuing an almanac containing an accurate lunisolar calendar. The high point of this tradition was the "Season-granting system" (Shou-shih li, 1280). Its treatise records detailed instructions for computing eclipses of the sun and moon and motions of the planets, based on a rich archive of observations, some ancient and some new.   Sivin, the West's leading scholar of the Chinese sciences, not only recreates the project's cultural, political, bureaucratic, and personal dimensions, but translates the extensive treatise and explains every procedure in minimally technical language. The book contains many tables, illustrations, and aids to reference. It is clearly written for anyone who wants to understand the fundamental role of science in Chinese history. There is no comparable study of state science in any other early civilization.

Table of Contents

Preface.- Introduction.- Astonomical reform and occupation politics.- Orientation.- The Project: origins and process.- The Astronomers.- The Observatory and its instruments.- The Records.- Evaluation of the season-granting system, part 1.- Evaluation of the season-granting system, part 2.- Canon of the season-granting system, part 1.- Canon of the season-granting system, part 2.- Conclusion.- Appendix a: the instruments of kuo shou-ching.- Appendix b: the account of conduct of kuo shou-ching.- Appendix c: technical terms.- Acknowledgments.- Bibliography.- Index-glossary.

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ISBN:
9781441927071
Author:
Sivin, Nathan
Publisher:
Springer
Location:
New York, NY
Subject:
History
Subject:
History of Mathematics
Subject:
Astronomy, Observations and Techniques
Subject:
History of Mathematical Sciences
Subject:
Astronomy, Observations and Techniques <p>2011 Recipient of The Donald E. Osterbrock Book Prize for Historical Astronomy (see “Additional Information”)</p><p>Introductory chapters provide a very accessible overview of the history of Chinese astronomy<
Subject:
Mathematics -- History.
Subject:
Mathematics
Subject:
The Arts
Subject:
mathematics and statistics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2009
Series:
Sources and Studies in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences
Publication Date:
20101119
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
670
Dimensions:
235 x 155 mm 1001 gr

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