Person: Yue, Xu
Xu Yue was a Chinese mathematician who wrote a commentary of the Nine Chapters on the Mathematical Art.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Xu Yue was a pupil of Liu Hong and he studied mathematics under the famous calendar expert.
- Liu Hong worked at the Imperial Observatory and it was there that Xu Yue held discussions with him and also with the head of the Astronomical Bureau.
- It was natural, therefore that Xu Yue would gain expertise from these men in astronomy and calendar science.
- It is reported that Xu Yue wrote a commentary on the Nine Chapters on the Mathematical Art.
- This preceded the major commentary written by Liu Hui in the second half of the third century, and it would appear that Liu Hui commented on a version of the text which did not include Xu Yue's comments.
- As a result Xu Yue's commentary has not come down to us.
- Whether Xu Yue wrote the Shushu jiyi (Notes on Traditions of Arithmetic Methods) is uncertain.
- Finally, Xu Yue talks about calculations of the nine balls.
Born about 160, Donglai, Shandong province, China. Died about 227, China.
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Ancient Chinese, Astronomy, Chinese, Origin China
Adapted from other CC BY-SA 4.0 Sources:
- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive