Mathematics is an old field of study. And it has found applications in various natural pheonomenums that we observe around us. From the Babylons, to the Greeks to the Chinese, it was an interesting field of study and research.

One particular area where mathematics could be applied to is in Music. Though the early Chinese did not have the scientific explanations to sound and music as we know of now, that did not hinder them. Early Chinese mathematicians have been able to devise mathematical procedures to generate a musical scale, as well as define other aspects of Music. The scale which they have developed bear great similiarities to the chromatic scale as we know of today, testimony to the mathematics prowess of the early Chinese.

This project attempts to explain the mathematics behind the early Chinese musical scale, as well as tries to evaluate how these early works compare to what we have today.


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