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Astronomy in the capital (1689–1693): scholars, officials and ruler

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/9780199601400.003.0011
Astronomy in the capital (1689–1693): scholars, officials and ruler

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This chapter focuses on how Kangxi staged himself as a teacher of the mathematical sciences vis-à-vis his high officials, while continuing to dismiss Chinese scholars' knowledge of these disciplines. It describes the work of Mei Wending, Doubts concerning the study of astronomy, which played a crucial role in the construction of a consensus between the emperor and his Chinese scholar-officials regarding astronomy.

Keywords: Kangxi; Mei Wending; astronomy; mathematics

Chapter.  10280 words. 

Subjects: History of Mathematics

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