Leibniz' binary system and Shao Yong's "yijing"

Philosophy East and West 46 (1):59-90 (1996)
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Abstract

The Yijing/Binary System Episode involved Leibniz' discovery of a de facto representation of the binary number system in the sixty-four-hexagram Fu Xi "Yijing." Scholars have left the match unexplained, since they have found no evidence of a forgotten binary number system in ancient China. The interesting similarities and differences are discussed between the thought of Leibniz and that of Shao Yong, both of whom, it is argued, understood and recognized the importance of the double geometric progression in the diagram

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The Numerical Mysticism of Shao Yong and Pythagoras.Zijiang Ding - 2005 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 32 (4):615–632.
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