The Italian Jesuit Matteo Ricci (left) and the Chinese mathematician Xu Guangqi (???) (right) in an image from Athanasius Kircher’s China Illustrata, published in 1667. The Chinese edition of Euclid’s Elements (????) was printed in 1607.

Xu Guangqi, with missionary Matteo Ricci, translated Western texts into Chinese during the Ming dynasty. Their translation of Euclid’s Elements exerted great influence on Chinese mathematics. Xu became a high official in the Ming court.

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By |2014-12-16T16:53:49-05:00January 23rd, 2012|Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, Biography, Language and Learning|Comments Off on XU Guangqi (Xú Guāngqǐ 徐光启)|Xú Guāngqǐ 徐光启 (XU Guangqi)

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