Divine Knowledge

Buddhist Mathematics According to the Anonymous Manual of Mongolian Astrology and Divination


In an original and compelling examination of traditional mathematics, this comprehensive study of the anonymous Manual of Mongolian Astrology and Divination (published by A. Mostaert in 1969) takes on the fundamental problem of the post-enlightenment categorization of knowledge, in particular the inherently problematic realms of religion and science, as well as their subsets, medicine, ritual, and magic. In the process of elucidating the rhetoric and logic shaping this manual the author reveals not only the intertwined intellectual history of Eurasia from Greece to China but also dismantles many of the discourses that have shaped its modern interpretations.

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Biographical Note

Brian G. Baumann, Ph.D. (2005) in Central Eurasian Studies, Indiana University, studies the languages, cultures, and history of the peoples of Inner Asia with a primary focus on the Mongols.

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"In short, this is a remarkable work, which will be of use not only to a Mongolist and a Buddhologist, but also to anyone interested in the history of mathematics and astrology-cum-astronomy."
Vesna A. Wallace, University of Oxford, JAS


Those interested in intellectual history, science and religion, Buddhism, and Mongolian Studies.

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