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Journal for Geometry and Graphics 21 (2017), No. 2, 209--224
Copyright Heldermann Verlag 2017

Graphic Achievements and Scientific Value of the Works of Mozi

Liu Keming
School of Humanities, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430074, P. R. China

The 'Works of Mozi' is the first history of science and technology that discusses theory and knowledge of graphics and thinking of graphics in ancient China. The records of the Works of Mozi show: maps and drawings are the same as text and numbers; they play an irreplaceable role in the advancement and development of human society. However, the study of Mozi, especially concerning the definition of maps and graphics and its status in the history, needs to be further and systematically clarified. This article uses this as the topic. We see the traditional graphics of Chinese culture, practice of graphics and theory and knowledge of graphics, and the spirit of a scientific inquiry reflected by studying the graphical content in the works of Mozi.

Keywords: Maps, drawings, graphics, Mozi.

MSC: 01A25; 51N05

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