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The Dawn of Wasan (Japanese Mathematics)

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Part of the Science Across Cultures: The History of Non-Western Science book series (SACH, volume 2)

Abstract

Wasan, Japanese arithmetic, is an amazing mathematical system. Most people think that there is only one kind of mathematics, just as some philosophies will have us believe that there is only one truth. In fact the Japanese have their own special system which is unique to their culture. We used to believe that modern mathematics was the only type, but we now know that there are different varieties, each with its own value.

Keywords

Chinese Character Ming Dynasty Yuan Dynasty Chinese Mathematic Mathematical Book 
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Abbreviations

DNK

Dai Nihon Komonjo

ESWS

Edo Shoki Wasan Sensho, see Shimodaira Kazuo et ai., eds., 1990

GXJBCS

Guo Xue Ji-Ben Cong-Shu by SWYSG

KXCBS

Kexue Chubanshe (Science Press)

SKQS

Si Ku Quan Shu

SWYSG

Shangwu Yinshuguan (Commercial Press)

STZ

Seki Takakazu Zenshu, see Hirayama et al., eds., 1974

SJSS

Suan Jing Shi Shu, see Qian Baocong, ed., 1963

MZNSS

Meiji-Zen Nihon Sugaku-shi, see Nihon Gakushiin, ed., 1954

WHM

Wasan no Hojin Mondai, see Mikami Yoshio, 1917

ZHSJ

Zhonghua Sbuju (China Press)

ZGR

Zoku Gunsho Ruiju

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