Title : Wasan : The Fascination of Traditional Japanese Mathematics
Author : Sakurai Susumu
Publisher : Japan Publishing Industry Foundation for Culture
ISBN : 9784866580173
Wasan – a unique form of Japanese mathematics – was developed during the Edo period (603-1868), a time when the entire country was isolated from the rest of the world. Mathematics was enjoyed as a formof entertainment by adults and children alike and by people of all social classes. This book explores the beauty and fascination surrounding wasan by providing a guided tour that goes back in time over tree hundred years and navigates through the mysterious and incredible world of mathematical wizardly found during the Edo period in Japan.