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《Studies in the History of Natural Sciences》 2006-02
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On Gao Pingzi's Astronomical-Calendrical Study

NIU Weixing (Department of History of Science and Philosophy of Science, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai 200030, China)  
This paper first gives a brief description of Gao Ping's academic career as well as an outline of his writings.It then points out that a general method of translating and interpre- ting ancient astronomical and calendrical knowledge with modern theories could be recognized through Gao's astronomical-calendrical study,which is exemplified by the various papers em- bodied in the Selected Writings on Astronomical-Calendrical Study by Gao Pingzi.A method with deep Western influence for proving facts and truths with figures and images,and an ap- proach of textual research associated with modern astronomy,which were generally applied in Gao's writings,is also discussed in detail.An impurturbable and impersonal opinion upon the Chinese astronomical-calendrical problems given under a grand view of modern astronomy by Gao Pingzi,is further remarked.It is finally remarked that with respect to the specific astro- nomical-calendrical problems studied by Gao,and in view of the modern Chinese academic tra- dition of the history of astronomy,Gao's astronomical-calendrical study has an important signifi- cance of succeeding to the predecessors and bridging the successors.
【CateGory Index】: P194-5
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