Metonic Cycles, Classical and Non-Classical, and Chinese Calendrical Calculations (104 BC - 618 AD)

  • Jean-Claude Martzloff Centre de Recherche Civilisation Chinoise EPHE-CNRS UMR 8583, 52, rue du Cardinal Lemoine, 75231 Paris cedex 05, France.
Keywords: China, mathematical astronomy, calendar

Abstract

First, we survey Metonic cycles used in all sorts of calendrical calculations; second we give a general description of fourteen Chinese systems of calendrical calculations based on such cycles (104 BC - 618 AD). Lastly, we apply this description to the example of the determination of the fundamental calendrical elements of the Chinese year 450, a year having a special interest because one of its calendar manuscript is still extant.

Published
2004-08-01
How to Cite
Martzloff, J.-C. (2004). Metonic Cycles, Classical and Non-Classical, and Chinese Calendrical Calculations (104 BC - 618 AD). CUBO, A Mathematical Journal, 6(2), 53–77. Retrieved from http://revistas.ufro.cl/ojs/index.php/cubo/article/view/1640