A talk by Dr. Minghui Hu as part of the History of Science Spring 2013 Colloquium.
Far from the triumph of scientific rationality, the success of Jesuit mathematical astronomy in early modern China resulted from its more accurate prediction in celestial events, its survival through political and criminal persecution, and the separation of its technical merits from its proselytizing agenda. All three factors depended critically on how the Jesuits maintained a solid standing and viable coalition in the Kangxi emperor’s court (1661-1722).
Dr. Minghui Hu is an Associate Professor at the History Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
This talk is part of the History of Science Spring 2013 Colloquium by the UCLA Department of History.
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