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The Office of Mathematics: foundation and staff

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/9780199601400.003.0013
The Office of Mathematics: foundation and staff

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This chapter discusses the creation, in 1713, of an Office of Mathematics where a group of selected young scholars, both Chinese and Bannermen, started to work on the treatises commissioned by the emperor, under the supervision of Kangxi's third son, Prince Yinzh, who in turn reported to his father. In the meantime, however, the emperor continued to employ Jesuits as astronomers and cartographers, and commissioned them to write a treatise on astronomy similar to those on mathematics produced in the 1690s.

Keywords: Kangxi; treatises; Office of Mathematics; Jesuits; astronomers; cartographers; astronomy

Chapter.  10483 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Mathematics

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