*(The domain http://www.wasan-bibliography.com/ now links to this webpage.)*

I have created a **bibliography on traditional mathematics in Japan ( wasan) and its historiography**. It is limited to works in

**Western languages**. While there are many more works in the Japanese language, consulting the works listed should already help to get a good grasp on the topic. It can also serve as a hub for researchers to know about each other’s work, which is largely scattered over a variety of journals and edited volumes.

You can find at: https://www.zotero.org/groups/2161796/math-in-japan/items

(While I recommend browsing the Zotero library because of the tagging and the better searchability, a PDF file reflecting the contents of the library on January 8th 2020 can be found here.)

For ca. 1600-1730, the period culminating in the classical results of Seki Takakazu and Takebe Katahiro, the best **monograph** in a Western language is the French book [Horiuchi 1994]. Recently, an English translation [Horiuchi 2010] was published. The new standalone publication [Sakurai 2018] is, as other works, filled with (self)-orientalisms, so while it can serve as an exposition, it should not be cited in scholarly works without caution.

[Mikami 1913] and [Smith and Mikami 1914] are outdated and should be read together with more modern articles. On the **introduction of Western mathematics via Chinese books into Japan**, consult [Kobayashi 2002] and [Kobayashi 2013]. Although it is generally not referred to as *wasan*, literature about the mathematics in ancient and medieval Japan (which [Jochi 2000] refers to as the mathematics of the “*ritsuryō-kakushiki* age”), is included.

A bibliography on traditional mathematics in Japan in Western languages until 1999 can be found in [Ogawa 2001]. The works listed there will show up here bit by bit. Another bibliography is [Heeffer 2006].

**I plan to expand it with time. If you know works that appeared since the year 2000, please drop me a mail at harald[at]hkuemmerle.de!**

Literature cited on this page (much more can be found on the Zotero site linked above):

*Seki, Founder of Modern Mathematics in Japan: A Commemoration on his Tercentenary*. Tokyo: Springer (Springer Proceedings in Mathematics & Statistics, 39), pp. 357–374. Available at: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-4-431-54273-5_25.

*Historia Scientiarum. Second Series*, 12(1), pp. 1–17. Available at: https://ci.nii.ac.jp/naid/110006458991 (Accessed: 7 April 2018).

*Mathematics Across Cultures: The History of Non-Western Mathematics*. Dordrecht: Kluwer (Science Across Cultures: The History of Non-Western Science, 2), pp. 423–454. Available at: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-94-011-4301-1_20.

*Wasan: The Fascination of Traditional Japanese Mathematics*. Translated by E. Ford and G. Sekimori. Tokyo: Japan Publishing Industry Foundation for Culture (Japan Library). Available at: http://www.jpic.or.jp/japanlibrary/en/books/001897.html.

*A bibliography of texts on wasan in Western languages*,

*Albrecht Heeffer*. Available at: http://logica.ugent.be/albrecht/wasanbib.htm (Accessed: 8 April 2018).

*A History of Japanese Mathematics*. Chicago: Open Court. Available at: https://archive.org/details/historyofjapanes00smitiala.

*Les Mathématiques Japonaises À L’Époque D’Edo: Une Étude des Travaux de Seki Takakazu Et Katebe Katahiro*. Paris: Vrin (Mathesis). Available at: http://www.vrin.fr/book.php?code=9782711612130.

*Japanese Mathematics in the Edo Period (1600 - 1868): A Study of the Works of Seki Takakazu (? - 1708) and Takebe Katahiro (1664 - 1739)*. Translated by S. Wimmer-Zagier. Basel: Birkhäuser (Science Networks: Historical Studies, 40). Available at: http://www.springer.com/jp/book/9783764387440.

*The Development of Mathematics in China and Japan*. Leipzig: Teubner (Abhandlungen zur Geschichte der mathematischen Wissenschaften mit Einschluß ihrer Anwendungen, 30).

*Revue d’histoire des mathématiques*, 7(1), pp. 137–155. Available at: http://smf4.emath.fr/Publications/RevueHistoireMath/7/html/smf_rhm_7_137-155.html.

For my own publications (which concern the history of modern mathematics in Japan) see my profile at academia.edu.