Patrick Aberle, B.A. 李理克

M.A. student at the Department of Chinese Studies, University of Tübingen

Academic Career

  • Since 2017 double major in Sinology (M.A.) and Informatics (B.A.), University of Tübingen
  • 2017 B.A. Sinology and Business Administration, University of Tübingen
  • 2017 Chinese Translation Program, National Taiwan University

Research Focus
In his B.A. thesis, Patrick Aberle analyzed the international discourse about the Daoist bigu 辟穀 fasting technique as it is described by those Daoist texts, that were not yet influenced by Buddhist doctrines, and answered the question of whether this method implies complete abstinence of food intake or not. His current research is focusing on the history of mathematical and technological exchange between the Jesuits China mission and late Ming literati, with special emphasis on mathematics. Within the scope of his M.A. thesis he is currently undertaking an extensive analysis of the Chinese-European joint project Celiang fayi 測量法義 (Meaning and Methods of Measurement; 1607), including a partial translation of this work. In this treatise Matteo Ricci (1552-1610) and Xu Guangqi (1562-1633) introduced Western surveying methods by not only drawing on existing Chinese mathematical knowledge, but also by referring to Euclid’s Elements to substantiate the methods with mathematical proofs.

Matteo Ricci and Paul Xu Guangqi. Digital scan from La Chine d’Athanase Kirchere [sic] de la Compagnie de Jesus: illustrée de plusieurs monuments tant sacrés que profanes, Amsterdam, 1670. Plate facing p. 201,

"Measuring height with a meter" in the third chapter of the Celiang fayi 測量法義, facsimile edition in Tianxue chuhan 天學初函 (First Collectanea of Heavenly Studies; 1626), reprint in Xu Guangqi zhuyiji 徐光启著译集 (2011), comp. by Gu Tinglong 顾廷龙, Shanghai: Shanghai guji chubanshe, vol. 5, p. 18.