Spring 2023 - MATH 894 G100
Class Number: 5324
Delivery Method: In Person
Topics in history of mathematics: Tokugawa period mathematics in Japan
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
Students will become acqualinted with some texts in Japanese and the historical literature on them (in English and other languages). We will also examine some problems in reading Japanese of the 17th c. and reference works that assist with that. We will pay particular attention to the JInkoki, by Yoshida Mitsuyoshi (吉田 光由). Related texts may be examined.
- 8 Weekly Reports 50%
- Final Research Paper 50%
Students will give 8 weekly reports on readings, equally weighted, for a total of 50% of the grade, and will write a research paper on a mutually-agreed topic for 50%.
Shinpen Jikoki, available online at https://www.ndl.go.jp/math/e/s2/1.html
Kaikendai Ed. by Seki Takakazu. Ms. 1 v. <140-203>, available at the same site.
Horiuchi, Annick. (1994). Les Mathematiques Japonaises a L'Epoque d'Edo (1600–1868): Une Etude des Travaux de Seki Takakazu (?-1708) et de Takebe Katahiro (1664–1739). Paris: Librairie Philosophique J. Vrin.
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