Chu Shih-chieh


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(about ad 1300)

One of the greatest of Chinese mathematicians, who wrote two major influential texts, the more important being the Su-yuan yu-chien (‘Precious Mirror of the Four Elements’). Notable are the methods of solving equations by successive approximations and the summation of series using finite differences. A diagram of Pascal's triangle, as it has come to be called, known in China from before this time, also appears.

Subjects: Mathematics.

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