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Conference Paper: Transmission of probability theory into China
Title  Transmission of probability theory into China 

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Keywords  Jueyi Shuxue Western learning in Qing China 
Issue Date  2013 
Publisher  International Statistical Institute. 
Citation  59th World Statistics Congress, Hong Kong, 2530 August 2013. In Proceedings of the 59th World Statistics Congress of the International Statistical Institute, 2013, p. 335340 How to Cite? 
Abstract  In spite of the occurrence of many uncertain events in human experience in different civilizations since antiquity, be it in the East or the West, a quantitative approach to probability was not developed until the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in Western Europe. This peculiar “miss” is particularly notable in the history of Chinese mathematics, even though knowledge and skill in numerical calculation had long been well developed in ancient and medieval China. The first introduction of probability into China came in the form of a book Jueyi Shuxue (with literal meaning: “mathematics to resolve uncertainty)”), translated around 1880 through the collaboration of the British missionary John Fryer (18391928) and the Chinese mathematician HUA Hengfang (18331902) from an article on probability written by Thomas Galloway (17961851) for Encyclopaedia Britannica, which was published separately as the book A Treatise on Probability. This presentation is about this episode with some discussion about related issues. 
Description  Invited Lecture ; Hong Kong (Session IPS036): History II: Pierre Remond de Montmort, Thomas Bayes, and probability in China 
Persistent Identifier  http://hdl.handle.net/10722/227885 
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dc.contributor.author  Siu, MK   
dc.contributor.author  Lih, KW   
dc.date.accessioned  20160721T10:04:39Z   
dc.date.available  20160721T10:04:39Z   
dc.date.issued  2013   
dc.identifier.citation  59th World Statistics Congress, Hong Kong, 2530 August 2013. In Proceedings of the 59th World Statistics Congress of the International Statistical Institute, 2013, p. 335340   
dc.identifier.isbn  9789073592346   
dc.identifier.uri  http://hdl.handle.net/10722/227885   
dc.description  Invited Lecture ; Hong Kong (Session IPS036): History II: Pierre Remond de Montmort, Thomas Bayes, and probability in China   
dc.description.abstract  In spite of the occurrence of many uncertain events in human experience in different civilizations since antiquity, be it in the East or the West, a quantitative approach to probability was not developed until the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in Western Europe. This peculiar “miss” is particularly notable in the history of Chinese mathematics, even though knowledge and skill in numerical calculation had long been well developed in ancient and medieval China. The first introduction of probability into China came in the form of a book Jueyi Shuxue (with literal meaning: “mathematics to resolve uncertainty)”), translated around 1880 through the collaboration of the British missionary John Fryer (18391928) and the Chinese mathematician HUA Hengfang (18331902) from an article on probability written by Thomas Galloway (17961851) for Encyclopaedia Britannica, which was published separately as the book A Treatise on Probability. This presentation is about this episode with some discussion about related issues.   
dc.language  eng   
dc.publisher  International Statistical Institute.   
dc.relation.ispartof  World Statistics Congress, 2013   
dc.subject  Jueyi Shuxue   
dc.subject  Western learning in Qing China   
dc.title  Transmission of probability theory into China   
dc.type  Conference_Paper   
dc.identifier.email  Siu, MK: mathsiu@hkucc.hku.hk   
dc.identifier.hkuros  238705   
dc.identifier.spage  335   
dc.identifier.epage  340   
dc.publisher.place  The Hague, The Netherlands   