Subject 
Suntzu suan ching.


Mathematics, Chinese  Early works to 1800.


Mathematics, Ancient.

Alt Name 
Ang, Tian Se.

Alternate Title 
Suntzu suan ching. English.


Tracing the conception of arithmetic and algebra in ancient China.

Description 
1 online resource (xxii, 243 pages) : illustrations 
Edition 
Revised edition. 
Note 
Part two is the translation of Sun Zi suanjing. 

Revised edition includes edited version of plenary lecture given at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Bejing in August 2002 entitled "Ancient Chinese mathematics and its influence on world mathematics." 
Bibliography Note 
Includes bibliographical references (pages 229235) and index. 
Contents 
The Sun Zi suanjing (the mathematical classic of Sun Zi)  Numbers and numerals  The fundamental operations of arithmetic  The common fraction  On extracting roots of numbers  Tables of measures  The various problems  Socioeconomic aspects in Sun Zi's China  Did the HinduArabic numeral system have its origins in the rod numeral system? 
Summary 
"The HinduArabic numeral system (1, 2, 3 ...) is one of mankind's greatest achievements and one of its most commonly used inventions. How did it originate? Those who have written about the numeral system have hypothesized that it originated in India; however, there is little evidence to support this claim." "This book provides considerable evidence to show that the HinduArabic numeral system, despite its commonly accepted name, has its origins in the Chinese rod numeral system. This system was widely used in China from antiquity till the 16th century. It was used by officials, astronomers, traders and others to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and other arithmetic operations, and also used by mathematicians to develop arithmetic and algebra. Based on this system, numerous mathematical treatises were written." "Sun Zi suanjing (The Mathematical Classic of Sun Zi), written around 400 A.D., is the earliest existing work to have a description of the rod numerals and their operations. With this treatise as a central reference, the first part of the book discusses the development of arithmetic and the beginnings of algebra in ancient China and, on the basis of this knowledge, advances the thesis that the HinduArabic numeral system has its origins in the rod numeral system. Part Two gives a complete translation of Sun Zi suanjing." "In this revised edition, Lam Lay Yong has included an edited text of her plenary lecture entitled "Ancient Chinese Mathematics and Its Influence on World Mathematics", which was delivered at the International Congress of Mathematicians, Beijing 2002, after she received the prestigious Kenneth O. May Medal conferred by the International Commission on the History of Mathematics. This should serve as a useful and easytocomprehend introduction to the book."Jacket. 
Note 
Print version record. 
ISBN 
9789812567253 (electronic bk.) 

9812567259 (electronic bk.) 

9789812386960 

9812386963 
OCLC # 
63162076 
Additional Format 
Print version: Lam, Lay Yong. Fleeting footsteps. Rev. ed. River Edge, NJ : World Scientific, ©2004 9812386963 9789812386960 (DLC) 2005277726 (OCoLC)60767147 
