Download PDF by Nathan Sivin: Granting the Seasons: The Chinese Astronomical Reform of

By Nathan Sivin

China’s such a lot subtle process of computational astronomy was once created for a Mongol emperor who might neither learn nor write chinese language, to rejoice victory over China after 40 years of devastating conflict. This booklet explains how and why, and reconstructs the observatory and the technological know-how that made it possible.


For thousand years, a primary ritual of presidency used to be the emperor’s “granting the seasons” to his humans on the New 12 months by way of issuing an almanac containing a correct lunisolar calendar. The excessive aspect of this practice was once the “Season-granting method” (Shou-shih li, 1280). Its treatise documents exact directions for computing eclipses of the solar and moon and motions of the planets, in keeping with a wealthy archive of observations, a few historic and a few new.


Sivin, the West’s prime student of the chinese language sciences, not just recreates the project’s cultural, political, bureaucratic, and private dimensions, yet interprets the vast treatise and explains each strategy in minimally technical language. The publication comprises many tables, illustrations, and aids to reference. it truly is sincerely written for an individual who desires to comprehend the elemental function of technology in chinese language background. there isn't any related research of country technological know-how in the other early civilization.

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