# Mathematician:Chu Shih-Chieh

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## Mathematician

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.

## Nationality

Chinese

## History

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

## Theorems and Definitions

- Chu-Vandermonde Identity (later rediscovered by Alexandre-Théophile Vandermonde)

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

## Publications

- 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**)

## Sources

- 1986: David Wells:
*Curious and Interesting Numbers*... (previous) ... (next): A List of Mathematicians in Chronological Sequence - 1997: David Wells:
*Curious and Interesting Numbers*(2nd ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): A List of Mathematicians in Chronological Sequence - 1998: David Nelson:
*The Penguin Dictionary of Mathematics*(2nd ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): Entry:**Chu Shih-chieh** - 1998: David Nelson:
*The Penguin Dictionary of Mathematics*(2nd ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): Entry:**Zhu Shijie (Chu Shih-Chieh)**(c.1300) - 2008: David Nelson:
*The Penguin Dictionary of Mathematics*(4th ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): Entry:**Chu Shih-chich** - 2008: David Nelson:
*The Penguin Dictionary of Mathematics*(4th ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): Entry:**Zhu Shijie (Chu Shih-Chieh)**(c.1300) - 2014: Christopher Clapham and James Nicholson:
*The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Mathematics*(5th ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): Entry:**Chu Shih-chieh**(about ad 1300)