Suan Shu Shu A Book on Numbers and Computations

  title={Suan Shu Shu A Book on Numbers and Computations},
  author={Joseph Warren Dauben},
  journal={Archive for History of Exact Sciences},
  • J. Dauben
  • Published 1 May 2008
  • History
  • Archive for History of Exact Sciences
In December and January of 1983–1984, archaeologists excavating the tomb of an ancient Chinese provincial bureaucrat at a Western Han Dynasty site near Zhangjiashan, in Jiangling county, Hubei Province, discovered a number of books on bamboo strips, including inter alia works on legal statutes, military practice, and medicine. Among these was a previously unknown mathematical work on some 200 bamboo strips, the Suan shu shu, or Book of Numbers and Computations. Based upon other works found in… 

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