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This index presents a list of proper nouns, terms and concepts relevant to the discussion on historiography of modern science in China. Most Western accounts have described how British imperial expansion during the eighteenth century collided with a Sinocentric Qing state unsympathetic to scientific knowledge. In light of the important place mathematics and astronomy occupied in Qing dynasty evidential studies (kaozheng xue 考證學), it is remarkable how quickly not overnight to be sure the Chinese people adapted to the needs of science and technology, again under the umbrella of the "investigation of things and extension of knowledge" (gewu zhizhi 格物致知).

Keywords: China; modern science; Qing dynasty



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