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Ed Jaggard's Chinese Words for Week of 03-23-98

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Wednesday

X[s - kun1 lun2 shan1

the Kunlun Mountains

Here is a word from the geography of China. The Kunlun Mountains lie between Tibet and Xinjiang extending into Central China.

It is interesting to see how the "mountain radical" drives the meaning of the characters while the phonetic characteristics are contained in the other part of the characters.

March 25, 1998


Kunlun Mountains
Info about the Kunlun Mountains with some beautiful pictures.

MOUNTAINS IN TIBET OF CHINA
A brief discussion on the mountains of Tibet including the Kunlun. Links to pix.

The Legend of the White Snake
I found this link while looking for info on the Kunlun Mountains. I thought it might be interesting to add to the links.
Tuesday

\] - pi2 pa5

balloon-guitar; four-stringed guitar; pipa

pi2 - used in the word pi2pa5 - balloon-guitar
pa5 - used in the word pi2pa5 - balloon-guitar

Here is a word with a pair of interesting characters that represents a traditional Chinese musical instrument - the pipa (balloon-guitar; four-stringed guitar).

I've provided a couple of links to give you some information about the balloon-guitar.

March 24, 1998



Traditional Chinese Music

This site has a link to an FTP archive of Chinese music in Sun au format (The Link) as well as some info on the pipa.

Amy Changlu Wu's Chinese Music Page
Pipa Virtuoso Changlu Wu started her Pipa training at the age of 6, and entered the primary school affiliated to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music at the age of 9.
Monday

ݧ - can2 xing2 OR

碎形 - sui4 xing2

fractal

can2 - remnant; residue; something left over
xing2 - form; shape; figure

Yesterday (March 22, 1978) I was thinking about a word for today for this page and I realized that I had no idea what the Chinese word for "fractal" might be. So I fired up a few search engines and found the Chinese site listed at the right in the links section and here you have it.

I'm not going to bore you with my interpretation of what a fractal is. Check out this site:
Exploring Chaos and Fractals
and you will find a very informative account of how chaos theory, fractals, the Mandelbrot set, strange attractors and butterflies are all interconnected and related. It really is a very dynamic and interesting field of modern mathematics which has had a profound impact on the way we look at the world!!!

March 23, 1998


藝術與科學的對話殘形小棧
Fractal Page in Chinese

The Ultimate Homepage Index
Search for the word fractal

The fantastic world of fractals
Definitely worth checking out!!!

Math Archives - Fractals
Lots and Lots of links!!!!






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