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Princeton University scholar Benjamin Elman visits Rowan

Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2010, 10:50am

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Princeton University scholar Benjamin Elman was the guest speaker as part of the 2010 Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series presented by Rowan University's College of Liberal Arts & Sciences on Wednesday, March 3 in the Eynon Ballroom of the Chamberlain Student Center.

The title of Elman's lecture was "Why Blame China? Who Was Responsible for the Limits of Jesuit Science and Technical Transmission to China in the 18th Century?"  A professor of East Asian Studies and History at Princeton, Elman's lecture focused on why the Chinese never learned about the "Newtonian Century" in Europe and its analytic style of mathematical reasoning until after the Opium War. He explored reasons for the failure of the Jesuit mission in China and the presumed underdevelopment of science in imperial China.  His talk was well-attended by faculty and students.

Location: Eynon Ballroom, Chamberlain Student Center

Contact: Kristen diNovi
E-mail:dinovi@rowan.edu