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The IChing Explained
In 1697, a French Jesuit missionary in China, Joachim Bouvet, introduced the I Ching to German mathematician and philosopher, Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibnitz, who was amazed by the Book of Changes and its use of binary arithmetic, then unknown in Europe.
In 1697, Joachim Bouvet, a ...
In 1697, Joachim Bouvet, a French Jesuit missionary who had been in China, introduced the I Ching to the German mathematician and philosopher, Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibnitz.
Leibnitz was amazed by the Book of Changes.
It was a French Jesuit missionary, ...
It was a French Jesuit missionary, Father Joachim Bouvet, who fi rst introduced I Ching to the West in the 17th century, then a Scottish scholar, James Legge, translated the book into English in 1854.
Most famous among them was mathematician Joachim Bouvet (c.1656-c.1732)Bouvet
was well regarded by Emperor Kangxi and he
instructed the Court in scientific subjects.Bouvet
wrote a number of texts, including a history of Kangxi's reign in which the Emperor was sketched as a benevolent and cosmopolitan ruler - a work that was influential in European understanding of chinese culture.Bouvet
became interested in Court rituals and particularly those that related to the ancient chinese classical text, the I Ching
or Book of Changes.In a letter to german mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibnitz, Bouvet
described this divinatory work and Leibnitz found support in it for his
theories on calculus and binary systems.So inadvertently, Bouvet
was partly responsible (ok, it's a stretch) for helping formulate the language by which computers operate today.Bouvet
is also remembered for his
'figurist' theories, in which works such as the I Ching
were said to have been directly related to themes in the bible and kabbalah.Leibnitz was smitten with the chinese work.."And thus, as far as I
think the substance of the ancient theology of the Chinese is intact and, purged of additional errors, can be harnessed to the great truths of the Christian religion.Fohi, the most ancient prince and philosopher of the Chinese, had understood the origin of things from unity and nothing, i.e. his
mysterious figures reveal something of an analogy to Creation, containing the binary arithmetic (and yet hinting at greater things) that I
rediscovered after so many thousands of years, where all numbers are written by only two notations, 0 and 1."None of this of course relates to the above hand coloured engravings which come from Bouvet's
1697 book, 'L'Estat Present De La Chine, En Figures'.
at New Advent
The diagram on the above was ...
The diagram on the above was originally sent to Leibniz on April 2, 1703 by his friend Joachim Bouvet who was a French missionary in China.