a little road through Yijing writings

Categoria: Yijing versions

touching on ‘fisica-matematica’ #1 (french touch)

.: L’emploi des signes numériques dans les inscriptions Shang :.

– Use of Numerals in Shang Inscriptions
Redouane Djamouri ‘s paper makes a detailed analysis of the role of numerals in the grammar of archaic Chinese language. He puts forward a hypothesis according to which the formation of the system of numbers was closely connected with, and in a sense determined by, the grammatical function of numerals. His paper contains several corrections of the materials published by previous authors on the earliest written forms of numerals on oracle bones.

.: Les Mathématiques Chinoises :.

dossier du ‘Grand Ricci’ by Jean Claude Martzloff

[an useful table of measures linked here]

.: Le changeant et l’immuable :.

by Jacques Gernet

– The Changing and the Immutable.
In the l6th and 17th centuries, the Chinese welcomed the mathematical techniques, procedures and instruments for calculation and astronomical models coming from the West as enthusiastically as they rejected the theological considerations and logical demonstrations which, in Western eyes, were inseparable from them. The Jesuit missionaries based their demonstrations, in theology as in mathematics, on the principle of non-contradiction but the logic of contradiction differs radically from the essentially practical logic of complementary oppositions, dominant in Chinese thinking. As is confirmed by the Book of Changes, or I-Ching, this thinking attaches great importance to the sign, the position and the moment, which the treatises of military strategy and politics teach one how to exploit. In mathematics, as in religion, it is more interested in what changes than in what remains stable, in the particularity of the concrete case rather than in the absolute, devoid of determinations.

.: Structure d’un traité mathématique :.

by K. Volkov Alexeï.

The author shows how the nine coding problems that constitute the mathematical structure of the third century Hai Dao Suan Jing, reveals an association between each of them and Yijing trigrams. In doing so, each trigram is thus represented only one time, except for one of them which is simultaneously associated with problems 4 and 5. The distribution of the problems is in line with the so-called FuXi order, which leads the author to conclude the presence of an eight-terms-structure and a dual center ..

A technical glossary of jiaguology (oracle bone studies)

This downloadable 1988 edition of this interesting glossary, help to browse through a delicate and often inaccessible field of study.

I’ve loved the plate section (p. 61).

Good read.

Fracasso, Riccardo (1988) A technical glossary of jiaguology (oracle bone studies)

Digital Resources for Sinologists

An intersting overview of major and useful links:


Just in Time

Hellmut Wilhelm: The concept of time in the Book of Changes [pdf file, Chapter, p.212]

Zheng Wangeng: Tracing the Source of the Idea of Time in Yizhuan [biroco.com]

Wonsuk Chang: Reflections on time and related ideas in the YiJing [pdf file]

Jacques Gernet: Le changeant et l’immuable [pdf file]

Ricardo Andreé: Times [Chapter 10, Thanks to Louis Andrade]

Yih-hsien Yu: The Yijing, Whitehead, and Time Philosophy [pdf-printed file]

圖tú ‘speeches’

Argumentation par diagrammes (Français)

by Michael Lackner


by Michael Lackner

Représentations cosmologiques et pratiques signifiantes dans la tradition chinoise

by François Cheng

Chinese Cosmographical Thought – The High Intellectual Tradition


Korean views about Yijing

Yijing 易經 cosmology in Kuunmong 九雲夢

by Marion Eggert – (from the great site: World Congress of Korean Studies)

The I Ching in Late-Choson Thought

by Wai-ming Ng (from biroco.com)

Trigrams in Japan

The Eight Trigrams and Their Changes: An Inquiry into Japanese Early Modern Divination

Author: Hayek, Matthias

In this article I will study a peculiar divination method involving the eight trigrams known as hakke that, I will attempt to show,
was among the most popular techniques used in Japan from the end of the sixteenth to the end of the eighteenth century.

Scans Archive #2

Another great scan archive:

naturally type ‘周易’ or ‘易經’ and enjoy.


From the “Center of ZhouYi”:

Excavated documents and the Yi-Ology

an interesting article by Lee Sung Ryule: ―The Bamboo Books of the Chu Dynasty collected in the Shanghai Museum

an old (1977) but well made article by Yves Hervouet: –Découvertes récentes de manuscrits anciens en Chine

ref, also past articles, as:

Chujian Zhouyi


Fuyang Zhouyi

Yijing – ShiJing

“I hope through this essay to be able to see how both diviners and poets viewed the world, and how they attempted to bring it under control”

One of the many articles-essays-studies by Edward Shaughnessy, focusing the attention on shared language between Yi and Shi Jing, the Classic of Poetry.
‘divination lecture’ at Peabody Museum:
– presentation: http://www.peabody.harvard.edu/node/826

– mp3 file: http://www.peabody.harvard.edu/files/audio/20120920shaughnessy.mp3

Complete essay in ‘Divination and Interpretation of signs in the ancient world”, [section I, p.61]: https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http%3A%2F%2Foi.uchicago.edu%2Fpdf%2Fois6.pdf&chrome=true

Iulian Schutskii too, dealt with the question in his work [translated in Researches on the I Ching, p.177-180: ].