TITLE

# Wang Xiaotong on Right Triangles: Six Problems from 'Continuation of Ancient Mathematics' (Seventh Century AD)

AUTHOR(S)
Tina Su-lyn Lim; Wagner, Donald B.
PUB. DATE
April 2014
SOURCE
East Asian Science, Technology & Medicine;2014, Issue 37, p12
SOURCE TYPE
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Wang Xiaotong's Jigu suanjing is primarily concerned with problems in solid and plane geometry leading to polynomial equations which are to be solved numerically using a procedure similar to Horner's Method. We translate and analyze here six problems in plane geometry. In each case the solution is derived using a dissection of a 3-dimensional object. We suggest an interpretation of one fragmentary comment which at first sight appears to refer to a dissection of a 4-dimensional object.
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109189986

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