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The Haidao Suanjing or Sea Island Mathematical Manual, is without doubt one of the "Ten Classics" of conventional chinese language arithmetic, and its contents reveal the excessive criteria of theoretical and mathematical sophistication found in early chinese language surveying conception. The Haidao composed in A.D. 263 through Liu Hui, tested the mathematical approaches for far of East Asian surveying job for the following 1000 years. The contents of the Haidao additionally testify to the power of the chinese language to systematize arithmetic and trace on the use of evidence in chinese language arithmetic, an idea often linked to Greek mathematical inspiration.

Frank Swetz presents an annotated translation of the Haidao and an research of its surveying difficulties. specifically, he information surveying thoughts and undertakes a mathematical exposition of the chinese language chong cha resolution strategies. The Haidao is a sworn statement to the ingenuity and talent of China's early surveyors and its writer, Liu Hui. This learn enhances and extends the findings of Swetz's past booklet, Was Pythagoras Chinese? An exam of correct Triangle idea in old China.

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