Xin zeng suan fa tong zong da quan [General Source of Computational Methods]. Dawei CHENG.
Xin zeng suan fa tong zong da quan [General Source of Computational Methods].
Xin zeng suan fa tong zong da quan [General Source of Computational Methods].
Xin zeng suan fa tong zong da quan [General Source of Computational Methods].
Xin zeng suan fa tong zong da quan [General Source of Computational Methods].

“The First to Give an Illustration of the Chinese Abacus”–Needham

Xin zeng suan fa tong zong da quan [General Source of Computational Methods].

Full-page woodcut of a mathematician teaching two students & many woodcut diagrams in the text, including an abacus. 12 parts in six vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers (a little frayed), new stitching. [China]: Sao ye shan fang, 1883.

A late edition (1st ed.: 1592) of this important work on mathematical computation and the abacus; it contains 592 problems in 12 chapters. Cheng (1533-1606), was a government official and an avid collector of books on mathematics. The present work, while not particularly original, is important for its compilation of problems from earlier works. It is a practical book aimed at assisting those who need to calculate.

The original edition of this book is the “oldest now extant that contains a diagram of the form of the abacus, called suan-pan, and the explanation of its use…[and is also] famous for containing some magic squares and magic circles.”–Cajori, A History of Mathematics, p. 76.

This was “a work that greatly influenced Japanese mathematics,”–Smith & Mikami, A History of Japanese Mathematics, p. 34.

Very good set. WorldCat does not record our edition.

❧ Needham, Science & Civilization in China, Vol. 3, Mathematics, pp. 16, 51-52, 55, 60, 64, 69, 75, 122, 569, & fig. 70–”important historically because, though so late, it was the first to give an illustration of the Chinese abacus, with instructions for its use.”.

Price: $1,650.00

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