Xiaoyuan Jiang

Chinese Astrology and Astronomy

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Chinese Astrology and Astronomy: An Outside History discusses the ancient Chinese's needs and reasons for engaging in astronomy. It presents the study on ancient astronomical phenomena and manuals, and analyzes the cosmological views of ancient Chinese. It also expounds the nature and functions of astronomy to ancient Chinese, as well as its difference from the western modern astronomy of today, exploring on new issues in a bold but logical fashion, and offering arguments that challenge even the views of authority.This book stands as a translated version, by Chen Wenan, an associate professor of Ningbo University, of the original Chinese publication Tianxue Waishi by Jiang Xiaoyuan.Contents: PrefaceAuthor's Note for the New EditionForewordIntroductionWhat Kind of People in Ancient China Needed Tianxue?What Kind of People Were Engaged in Tianxue in Ancient China?Government-run Tianxue: Tradition and ExceptionAstronomical Phenomena and Tianxue Literature (1)Astronomical Phenomena and Tianxue Literature (2)Universe in the Eye of Ancient ChineseSino-foreign Exchanges in Ancient Tianxue (1)Sino-foreign Exchanges in Ancient Tianxue (2)Western Astronomy Finds its Way to the Orient in Modern Times (1)Western Astronomy Finds its Way to the Orient in Modern Times (2)Collision between the East and the West during the Ming and Qing DynastiesLegacies of Chinese TianxuePostscriptIndex
Readership: Readers interested in the history of astronomy in Ancient China and its differences from modern astronomy.Outside History;Chinese Tianxue;Astronomy;Astrology;Universe;Agriculture;Medicine;Arithmetic;Collision Between the East and the West;Ming and Qing Dynasties;Legacy;Astronomy Observatory Logs;Zhou Bi Suan Jing;The Star Manuals of Master Shi00
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429 printed pages
Translator
Wenan Chen

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