The Shorter Science and Civilisation in China:

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Cambridge University Press, 1986 - History - 298 pages
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This third volume of Colin Ronan's abridgement of Joseph Needham's monumental work is devoted to Chinese contributions to nautical science and technology. In the original text, these subjects were dealt with in separate parts; in this abridgement they are coveniently presented in a single unified account. The book opens with an examination of what is perhaps the greatest single contribution of Chinese civilisation to nautical science, the magnetic compass. Then follow chapters on navigation, nautical history, and voyages and discoveries, together with design and methods of construction of Chinese shipping. A final chapter looks at nautical technology in war and peace. In the original text, the material covered here appeared in Volume IV Part I and Volume IV Part 3. In abridging the text, the opportunity has been taken to include the official Pin Yin transliterations alongside those of the original work.
  

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Science and Civilization in China (19542008) is a series of 27 books by Joseph Needham dealing with the history of science and technology in China. Since 1954, Needham and an international team of ... Read full review

Contents

Magnetism and electricity
1
Nautical technology
60
Gcomancy as the background to 185 Manuscript drawing of a flat
79
Han stone relief of a boats found on the Upper
95
One of the sixteenthcentury
126
Voyages and discoveries
128
Fourteenth century Chinese
136
Page from a rare fifteenthcentury
150
71 199 Carving on the Bayon temple
180
Propulsion
181
A fishingjunk using a canted
199
Steering
212
Carving of a ship on a Buddhist
226
The stern of a Hongkong fishing
234
Techniques of peace and war afloat
236
Table of Chinese dynasties
273

Navigation
160
Comparative map of Chinese
162
Seventeenthcentury navigational
169

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