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Tianwen lüe 天問略
AuthorDias, Manuel 陽瑪諾, 1574-1659
Pub. LocationShanghai 上海PublisherShangwu yinshuguan 商務印書館
Date1936Phys. Desc.105 p. : ill. ; 17.5 cm.
LocationAdmin. Office Gallery, and Digital ArchivesCall NumberAC149.T76 1935 v. 1305
Tianwen lüe 天問略 / Yang Manuo da 陽瑪諾答.
"Ju Yihaizhuchenben yingyin 據藝海珠塵本影印"--T.p. verso. 民國25 [1936].

"Tianwen lüe 天問略 (Questions about Heaven) .... Dias’ work was devoted to descriptive cosmology rather than mathematical astronomy. [A Chinese Christian convert who collated this text was Xu Leshan 許樂善 (ca. 1544-1625/26; jinshi 1571, baptised as John in 1610).] Dias' Tianwen lüe 天問略 (Epitome of Questions on the Heavens, 1615) is best known for its appendix, in which Galileo Galilei’s (1564-1642) invention of the telescope and the new observations he made with it were reported; the details of the surface of the Moon, the phases of Venus, the four satellites of Jupiter, the objects of which Saturn’s rings are made, many stars in the Pleiades and the Milky Way. Information travelled fast from Europe to China: Galileo’s Siderius Nuncius had been published in 1610, and his observations confirmed by Jesuit astronomers of the Roman College the following year. The main body of the Tianwen lüe, however, was a description of Ptolomaic astronomy; Dias' preface pointed out that the universe described was the work of God." -- Cf. Standaert, N., Handbook of Christianity in China, pp. 404, 693, 695, 712-713.

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Subject(s)Astronomy--China--History--17th century
Jesuits--China--16th-18th centuries--Contributions in astronomy
Astronomy--China--Western influence
Astronomy--Early works to 1800
SeriesCongshu jicheng chubian 叢書集成初編 ; 1305
Rec. TypeBook (Text in Collection), and Digital Book (PDF)LanguageChinese 中文
CollectionBibl. Sinensis Soc. IesuEdition初版Rec. #10940