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The Jesuits and innovation in imperial science: Jean-François Foucquet's treatises

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/9780199601400.003.0014
The Jesuits and innovation in imperial science: Jean-François Foucquet's treatises

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This chapter focuses on Jean-François Foucquet, the French Jesuit in charge of drafting the new astronomical treatise, and analyzes the conflicts that arose among his confreres following his proposal to revise the astronomical constants in use at the Astronomical Bureau. These conflicts prompted Prince Yinzhi and the staff of the Office of Mathematics to further assert their autonomy vis-à-vis the Jesuits.

Keywords: Jesuit; astronomical constants; Astronomical Bureau; Office of Mathematics

Chapter.  12600 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Mathematics

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