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ZHOU Xiaohan (Célestin ZHOU)

Assistant Research Fellow

Research field: The history of mathematics in China




2014.09-2018.11 University Paris Diderot, Laboratoire SPHERE (Sciences, Philosophy, History, UMR 7219), Ph.D.

2011.09-2014.03 Shanghai Jiao Tong University, School of History and Culture of Science, Master

2007.09-2011.06 Shandong University, School of Physics, Undergraduate


Academic career


2018.12- present The Institute for the History of Natural Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Assistant Research Fellow




  1. Diverse Scholars' Ways of Dealing with the "Method of pile-accumulation" (Duoji shu) in 19th and 20th Century China(in Writing Histories of Ancient Mathematics, Springer, forthcoming)
  2. Methods Using duan (pieces [of diagram]) in Yang Hui's (fl. 13th century C.E.)Mathematical Methods Explaining in Detail the Nine Chapters (1261 C.E.)(in Practices of Reasoning in the Mathematical Sciences, Springer, forthcoming)
  3. The Operations of Symbolic Capital and Their Improper Incomes (Xiangzheng ziben de yunzuo jiqi buzhengdang shouyi象徵資本的運作及其不正當收益), Journal of Foshan University (佛山科學技術學院學報), 2013, pp.1-6




  1. Selected Collection of Mathematics in the East (Dongfang shuxue xuancui 東方數學選粹) pp. 219-387 Shanghai: Shanghai Jiao Tong University Press, 2016. translated from The Mathematics of Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, India, and Islam. A Sourcebook pp. 187-378, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2007


Critical edition of ancient scientific books


  1. Great Compendium of The Nine Chapters on Mathematical Methods with Analogies (Jiuzhang suanfa bilei daquan 九章算法比類大全 1450, 1488 C.E.) (is ongoing)

  2. Arithmetical Indicator Gathering the Cultures (Tongwen suanzhi 同文算指) "General compilation (Tongbian 通編), fascicules 1-4", in The Collection of Chinese Books [Contributed ] by the Western Missionaries during the Late Ming and Early Qing [Dynasties] The First Series (Mingqing zhiji xifang chuanjiaoshi hanji congkan diyiji 明清之際西方傳教士漢籍叢刊 第一輯) Nanjing: Phoenix Publishing & Media, pp. 100-278, 2013


Conference presentations


  1. An Elementary Research on Mathematical methods and the order of the problems in the chapter fangcheng of Yang Hui’s works (Xiangjie jiuzhang suanfa fangchengzhang zhong de suanfa yu timu shunxu chutan 《詳解九章算法》(1261 C.E.)方程章中的算法與題目順序初探). Huhehot, Inner Mongolia: Conference on the history of mathematics in China, 2019 December
  2. The diversity and uniformity of the practices of multiplication in mathematical writings in the 15th and 16th centuries. Jeonju, South Korea: The 15th International Conference on the History of Science in East Asia, 2019 August
  3. Elements of Continuity in the Circulation of Mathematical Knowledge and Practices in Chapter “Measures in Square” in Mathematical Writings in China. Prague, Czech Republic: The 16th International Congress on Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science and Technology, 2019 August
  4. Ph.D. thesis pitch presentation. Leiden, the Netherlands: The 11th International Convention of Asia Scholar, 2019 July
  5. Who wrote prefaces to mathematical books? A further investigation into the social identities of the authors of prefaces to Great Compendium (1450, 1488) and some characteristic features in paratext of mathematical writings produced during the Ming (1368-1644) period (Shishui wei shuxueshu xiexu? Jiuzhang suanfa bilei daquan zuoxuzhe shenfen zaikao yiji mingdai shuxue zhuzuo fuwenben de bufen tezheng 是誰為數學書寫序?:《九章算法比類大全》(1450, 1488)作序者身份再考以及明代數學著作副文本的部分特徵). Shanghai: The Tenth National Conference of Chinese Society for the History of Mathematics, 2019 May
  6. The paradigm for expressing mathematical methods relating to the right-angled triangle in the 13th-century Mathematical Methods and its influence on the 15th-century Great Compendium. Paris: Conference “On cultures of scientific practice in ancient mathematical sciences - historical and historiographic approaches”, 2019 April
  7. Methods using duan (pieces of diagram]) in Yang Hui's (fl. 13th century C.E.) Mathematical Methods Explaining in Detail the Nine Chapters (1261 C.E.). Paris: Conference "Practices of reasoning in the mathematical sciences", 2017 December
  8. Diverse scholars' ways of dealing with the "method of pile-accumulation" (Duoji shu) in 19th and 20th Century China. Paris: Conference "Writing histories of ancient mathematics", 2016 October
  9. The anxieties of legitimating mathematical knowledge represented by prefaces to mathematical works in the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644). Prague: The 7th International Conference of the European Society for the History of Science, 2016 September
  10. The problems relating to apportionment of taxes and corvée labor in mathematical writings of the early ages (Zaoqi shuxue wenxian zhong de fuyi fenpai wenti 早期數學文獻中的賦役分派問題). Shanghai: The Winter Solstice Conference, School of History and Culture of Science, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 2013 December
  11. The origin of mathematics in China: A comparison research between Mathematics, Writings on Mathematical Procedures and The Nine Chapters on Mathematical Procedures (Zhongsuan zhiyuan: Shu, Suanshushu yu Jiuzhang suanshu de bijiao yanjiu 中算之源:《數》《算數書》與《九章算術》的比較研究). Xuancheng, Anhui: The international conference celebrating the 380th anniversary of Mei Wending, 2013 November


Seminar Presentations


  1. How did Chinese scholars treat western mathematical methods that they perceived as similar to extant Chinese procedures: A case study on the double false position method in the early 17th century, Paris: "The transfer of mathematical knowledge between Europe and East Asia: case studies from the end of the Ming dynasty (China), to the Taisho era (Japan)" Seminar: History and Philosophy of Mathematics, 2016 February
  2. Establishing the orthodoxy: Writing and editing biographies of practitioners in the mathematical sciences in Chinese Qing Dynasty (Presented with Chen Zhihui), Paris: "Genres of writing in the history of ancient science" Seminar: History of Science, History of Text, 2016 April
  3. Mathematical knowledge and the books in which it was printed: Examining mathematics in the Ming dynasty (1368-1644 CE) from the perspective of printing, Paris: "Printing scholarship" Seminar: History of Science, History of Text, 2016 May
  4. 19th century uses of comparison in the historiography of mathematics and astral sciences in China (Presented with Karine Chemla and Chen Zhihui), Paris: "Historiography of comparison & Historiography of circulation, with a particular reference to the ancient mathematical sciences" Seminar: Exploring 19th and 20th centuries historiographies of mathematics in the ancient world, 2016 May
  5. The compilation of Chouren Zhuan (Biographies of Practitioners of Astronomy and Mathematics) and its continuations in the 19th century China, Paris: "The biographical writing" Seminar: History of Science, History of Text, 2017 March




  1. Sciences and technologies in China, from the 14th century to 19th century. A lecture (one time) for master students of University Paris Diderot, 2017 March