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Granting the Seasons

The Chinese Astronomical Reform of 1280, With a Study of Its Many Dimensions and a Translation of its Records

Sivin, Nathan

2009, V, 664 p.

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From the reviews:

“Granting the Seasons is the first thorough study of the Shou shi li in a Western language. … Sivin’s outstanding book will be highly useful for future historians of the exact sciences in East and Southeast Asia.” (Alexei Volkov and Yi-Long Huang, ISIS, Vol. 103 (1), March, 2012)

“Book will remain an extremely important contribution to our knowledge of the history of Chinese astronomy for a long time. It provides the first full translation into a Western language of an important Chinese astronomical system, and … will from now on be the first source in a Western language to turn to for any further investigations … . For anyone without immediate access to the Chinese primary and secondary sources, it also provides a useful guide to these … .” (Benno van Dalen, East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine, Issue 36, 2012)

“This impressive work is a detailed, technical study of the most innovative and significant astronomical system for generating annual almanacs in Chinese history. … will be of special interest to historians of mathematics. … Two appendixes in Sivin’s account are also noteworthy and deserve readers’ attention.” (Joseph W. Dauben, The Mathematical Association of America, December, 2009)

"The present book is a brilliant and wide-ranging study of the famous Shoushi li … . To sum up, the present book will constitute at the same time a necessary basis of further investigations into Chinese astronomy and, more broadly, a landmark with respect to the history of world astronomy." (J.-C. Martzloff, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1166, 2009)

"The present book is a study and translation of the astronomical treatise as found in the official History of the Yuan Dynasty … . The text has been very well revised and carefully edited … . it is an excellent and fairly complete source and reference book in a Western language for the specialist and non-specialist in the history of astronomy in China." (Andrea Bréard, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2009 i)

 

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