Frédéric Grosshans
  • Member for 8 years, 6 months
  • Last seen more than a month ago
2 answers
25 votes
9k views
What is the origin of the "wheat and chessboard" legend?
Accepted answer
32 votes

If the following seems too long, you can directly jump at the end for the conclusion ins the TL;DR section. I'm not an historian and (almost) everything I tell below comes from internet research. More ...

View answer
1 answers
16 votes
1k views
Where was the furthest extent of Arabian trade explorations?
Accepted answer
15 votes

It's not a full answer, but if you're interested by medieval Arabic travels, the unavoidable reference is Ibn Baṭūṭah. In his Rihla, he describes three travels he made during the 14th century : from ...

View answer
1 answers
3 votes
302 views
After the Mongol Empire fell, did China really turn away from math and physics?
6 votes

TL;DR According to Roger Hart [1], this view is widely held but wrong. He cites, among (many) others, Needham who speaks of a decay and Mikami who considers Ming scholars to be degenerate. The alleged ...

View answer