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Author Fukagawa, Hidetoshi, 1943-

Title Sacred mathematics : Japanese temple geometry / Fukagawa Hidetoshi, Tony Rothman.

Published Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2008.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM ERC  510.952 FUKA    AVAILABLE
Physical description xxiii, 348 p. : ill. some col. ; 26 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Foreword / Freeman Dyson -- Preface / Fukagawa Hidetoshi -- Preface / Tony Rothman -- What Do I Need to Know to Read This Book? -- Notation -- 1. Japan and Temple Geometry -- 2. The Chinese Foundation of Japanese Mathematics -- 3. Japanese Mathematics and Mathematicians of the Edo Period -- 4. Easier Temple Geometry Problems -- 5. Harder Temple Geometry Problems -- 6. Still Harder Temple Geometry Problems -- 7. The Travel Diary of Mathematician Yamaguchi Kanzan -- 8. East and West -- 9. The Mysterious Enri -- 10. Introduction to Inversion.
Summary "Between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries Japan was totally isolated from the West by imperial decree. During that time, a unique brand of homegrown mathematics flourished, one that was completely uninfluenced by developments in Western mathematics. People from all walks of life - samurai, farmers, and merchants - inscribed a wide variety of geometry problems on wooden tablets called sangaku and hung them in Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines throughout Japan. Sacred Mathematics is the first book published in the West to fully examine this tantalizing - and beautiful - mathematical tradition."--BOOK JACKET.
Other author Rothman, Tony.
Subject Yamaguchi, Kazu, d. 1850.
Mathematics, Japanese -- History.
Mathematics -- Japan -- History -- Tokugawa period, 1600-1868.
Mathematics -- Problems, exercises, etc.
ISBN 9780691127453 (alk. paper)