# The Geometrical Basis of the Ancient Chinese Square-Root Method

@article{Yong1970TheGB,
title={The Geometrical Basis of the Ancient Chinese Square-Root Method},
author={Lam Lay Yong},
journal={Isis},
year={1970},
volume={61},
pages={92 - 102}
}
INTRODUCTION JN TRACING THE DEVELOPMENT of ancient and medieval Chinese mathematics, it is found that the Chinese mathematicians encountered no difficulty in root extractions and in the solving of higher numerical equations' as compared with their Western counterparts. The Western mathematicians, after their attempts in finding the square root and in solving the quadratic equation, struggled on very slowly to find the cube root and to solve the cubic and higher numerical equations, treating…

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