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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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Teaching ‘French science’ at the court: Gerbillon and Bouvet's tutoring

Teaching ‘French science’ at the court: Gerbillon and Bouvet's tutoring

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The Emperor's New Mathematics

Catherine Jami

Oxford University Press

In 1690, just a few months after returning from his Southern inspection tour, the Kangxi Emperor set up regular sessions for the study of Western science, with four Jesuits as his tutors: Pereira, Thomas, Gerbillon, and Bouvet. These sessions were modeled on the Daily Tutoring on the classics that Kangxi had started twenty years earlier, especially as regarded their ultimate outcome: in both cases the lecture notes drafted by tutors were revised and eventually published as products of imperial scholarship. This chapter reconstructs the study plan worked out by the French Jesuits, and the course of the daily lessons, in which mathematical instruments and their use played an important role.

Keywords:   Kangxi, Jesuits, tutors, lessons, Western science

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