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The emperor and his astronomer (1668–1688)

Catherine Jami

in The Emperor's New Mathematics

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199601400
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191729218 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199601400.003.0004
The emperor and his astronomer (1668–1688)

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This chapter opens with Kangxi's acts on the assumption of power, including the reversal of the verdict against the Jesuits and their astronomy. Ferdinand Verbiest then became an official astronomer, but also an imperial tutor as Kangxi began the study of Western science. This study was integrated in the traditional pattern of imperial study of the classics, and adjusted to the emperor's special needs.

Keywords: Kangxi; Jesuit astronomy; Ferdinand Verbiest; Western science; classics

Chapter.  11737 words. 

Subjects: History of Mathematics

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