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By Jiri Hudecek

Twentieth-century China has been stuck among a wish to bring up its wealth and gear in response to different complicated countries, which, through implication, capability copying their associations, practices and values, while at the same time trying to protect China’s independence and traditionally shaped id. over the years, chinese language philosophers, writers, artists and politicians have all sought to reconcile those pursuits and this e-book indicates how this look for a chinese language means penetrated even the main important, least contested quarter of modernity: science.

Reviving historic chinese language Mathematics

is a research of the lifetime of considered one of smooth China’s such a lot in demand clinical figures, the mathematician Wu Wen-Tsun. Negotiating the clash among development and culture, he came across a direction that not just ensured his political and private survival, yet which additionally introduced him renown as a mathematician of overseas prestige who claimed that he stood outdoor the dominant western culture of arithmetic. Wu Wen-Tsun’s tale highlights an important advancements and contradictions in 20th -century China, the importance of which extends some distance past the sphere of arithmetic. On one hand lies the allure of radical medical modernity, "mechanisation" in all its types, and competitiveness in the foreign medical group. at the different is an anxiousness to maintain nationwide traditions and lead them to a part of the modernisation undertaking. furthermore, Wu’s highbrow improvement additionally displays the complicated dating among technological know-how and Maoist ideology, simply because his flip to historical past was once powered by way of his internalisation of definite elements of Maoist ideology, together with its utilitarian philosophy of science.

This e-book lines how Wu controlled to mix political luck and foreign clinical eminence, a narrative that has wider implications for a brand new century of accelerating chinese language task within the sciences. As such, it is going to be of significant curiosity to scholars and students of chinese language background, the background of technological know-how and the heritage and philosophy of mathematics.

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