S-Space Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies (규장각한국학연구원) Seoul Journal of Korean Studies Seoul Journal of Korean Studies vol.14 (2001)
Western science, cosmological ideas, and the Yijing studies in seventeenth-and eighteenth-century Korea
- Kim, Yung Sik
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- Seoul Journal of Korean Studies, Vol.14, pp. 299-334
- When Western scientific knowledge entered Korea in the early seventeenth century, it slowly infiltrated the learned circles, and the Korean intellectuals gradually accepted it. For example, Western astronomy, which proved to yield more accurate predictions-especially of the eclipses-than those using the traditional calendrical astronomy, was accepted by many Korean scholars of the time. The Choson 朝鮮 government even took initiatives to adopt the Shixianli(Sihon-ryok 時憲曆) based on Western astronomy. Also, the Western world maps created a great impression, and helped broaden the geographical knowledge of Korean scholars. And along with these scientific ideas and theories, there was much interest in scientific instruments from the West, especially the clocks...