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The Emperor's New MathematicsWestern Learning and Imperial Authority During the Kangxi Reign (1662-1722)$
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Catherine Jami

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199601400

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199601400.001.0001

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The emperor and his astronomer (1668–1688)

The emperor and his astronomer (1668–1688)

(p.56) (p.57) Chapter 3 The emperor and his astronomer (1668–1688)
The Emperor's New Mathematics

Catherine Jami

Oxford University Press

This chapter opens with Kangxi's acts on the assumption of power, including the reversal of the verdict against the Jesuits and their astronomy. Ferdinand Verbiest then became an official astronomer, but also an imperial tutor as Kangxi began the study of Western science. This study was integrated in the traditional pattern of imperial study of the classics, and adjusted to the emperor's special needs.

Keywords:   Kangxi, Jesuit astronomy, Ferdinand Verbiest, Western science, classics

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