China, the West, and Their First Encounter
|Publication Date:||Jul 2013|
| Publisher:||Johns Hopkins University Press|
| Book Format:||Hardback|
|List Price:||USD $58.00|
| Book Description: |
Accounts of the seventeenth-century Jesuit Mission to China have often celebrated it as the great encounter of two civilizations. The Jesuits portrayed themselves as wise men from the West who used mathematics and science in service of their mission. Chinese literati-official Xu Guangqi (1562-1633), who collaborated with the Italian Jesuit Matteo Ricci (1552-1610) to translate Euclid's Elements into Chinese, reportedly recognized the superiority of Western mathematics and...