Heavenly numbers : astronomy and authority in early imperial China /

"A history of the development of mathematical astronomy in China, from the late third century BCE, to the early 3rd century CE - a period often referred to as 'early imperial China'. It narrates the changes in ways of understanding the movements of the heavens and the heavenly bodies...

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Author / Creator:Cullen, Christopher, author.
Edition:First Edition.
Imprint:Oxford, United Kingdom ; New York, NY, United States of America : Oxford University Press, 2017.
©2017
Description:xiv, 426 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Language:English
Subject:Astronomy -- China -- History.
Astronomy.
China -- History -- 221 B.C.-960 A.D.
China.
History.
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/11672713
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ISBN:9780198733119
0198733119
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (pages 399-413) and index.
Summary:"A history of the development of mathematical astronomy in China, from the late third century BCE, to the early 3rd century CE - a period often referred to as 'early imperial China'. It narrates the changes in ways of understanding the movements of the heavens and the heavenly bodies that took place during those four and a half centuries, and tells the stories of the institutions and individuals involved in those changes. It gives clear explanations of technical practice in observation, instrumentation, and calculation, and the steady accumulation of data over many years - but it centers on the activity of the individual human beings who observed the heavens, recorded what they saw, and made calculations to analyze and eventually make predictions about the motions of the celestial bodies"--
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Summary:"A history of the development of mathematical astronomy in China, from the late third century BCE, to the early 3rd century CE - a period often referred to as 'early imperial China'. It narrates the changes in ways of understanding the movements of the heavens and the heavenly bodies that took place during those four and a half centuries, and tells the stories of the institutions and individuals involved in those changes. It gives clear explanations of technical practice in observation, instrumentation, and calculation, and the steady accumulation of data over many years - but it centers on the activity of the individual human beings who observed the heavens, recorded what they saw, and made calculations to analyze and eventually make predictions about the motions of the celestial bodies"--
Physical Description:xiv, 426 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 399-413) and index.
ISBN:9780198733119
0198733119