Photo courtesy of Associated Press - Images taken about every 20 minutes show the moon passing through the shadow of the earth as photographed Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008, in
Then I thought to myself, as far as I can remember from early childhood, there is an old Chinese Tung Sing (Almanac) that has been used by generations of Chinese for deciding on important events. Farmers refer to it for most of the important ploughing, sowing, planting and harvesting schedules. In the almanac are also dates and times of eclipses.
In my book, I wrote:
“……the Jesuits were generally regarded as the greatest scholars. They brought Western culture and religion to the East. They must have had a glimpse of the Chinese understanding of the universe and the world. Yet for so long the religious view of Flat Earth held true. Did the Jesuit scholars know the truth or did they pretend not to in order to avoid persecution and possible death?....”
In the footnote I quoted Joseph Needham’s monumental work:
“…… Joseph Needham's multivolume Science and Civilisation in China is recognized as one of the great works of historical scholarship in the twentieth century. The conception of world history that frames and shapes its arguments, however, has gone unnoticed……”
In the west, scientific discovery and progress was hindered by religious dogma and it is not my intention to further labour the point. In
Fortunately astronomical studies in
Chinese Science is essentially observational science.
……The damage done by the Jesuits was not so much a result of their initial conservatism, but of their continued clouding of the issue until well into the eighteenth century……”
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