Mathematician:Chu Shih-Chieh

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Acknowledged as one of the greatest Chinese mathematicians of his era, he spent 20 years travelling around China teaching mathematics.

Chu was his family name, Shih-chieh his given name.




  • Born: c. 1260, Yan-shan, near Peking, China
  • Died: c. 1320

Theorems and Definitions

Results named for Chu Shih-Chieh can be found here.


  • 1299: 算学启蒙 (Suanxue qimeng) ("Introduction to Computational Studies"), an elementary mathematics textbook.
  • 1303: 四元玉鉴 (Siyuan yujian) ("Jade Mirror of the Four Unknowns" or "The Precious Mirror of the Four Elements") in which what is now known as Pascal's Triangle is discussed and applied in detail.

Also known as

Known under several names and transliterations, depending on the system of rendering Chinese:

pinyin: Zhū Shìjié
Wade-Giles: Chu Shih-chieh
simplified Chinese: 朱世杰
traditional Chinese: 朱世傑
courtesy name Hanqing (汉卿)
pseudonym Songting (松庭)