Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Hockey, Virginia Trimble, Thomas R. Williams, Katherine Bracher, Richard A. Jarrell, Jordan D. MarchéII, JoAnn Palmeri, Daniel W. E. Green

Shi Shen

  • Thomas Hockey
Reference work entry

FlourishedChina, fourth century BCE

Uranographer Shi Shen was a court astronomer during the late Waring States Period. He shares with Kan Te and Wu Xian credit for the earliest extant Chinese celestial chart. It shows 800 stars, comparable with the number in early Greek catalogs.

Selected Reference

  1. Teresi, Dick (2002). Lost Discoveries: The Ancient Roots of Modern Science – From the Babylonians to the Maya. New York: Simon and Schuster.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Earth ScienceUniversity of Northern IowaCedar FallsUSA