The genius of China: 3,000 years of science, discovery, and invention

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Prion, Jun 1, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 254 pages
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It is one of the ironies of history that the Chinese, who had all the ingredients for modern science long before the Renaissance, failed to build on their immense knowledge. Today, very few people are aware of the vast body of Chinese invention. The suspension bridge, the fishing reel, the stirrup, the parachute, paper money, playing cards, the decimal system, the seismograph, negative numbers, brandy, rudders, cranks, movable type, matches, steroids as drugs, propellers, biological pest control—all these and many more were Chinese inventions. This volume traces the stunning achievements of ancient and medieval China.

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Not the most elegant prose, but an eye-opening book nevertheless. Temple and Needham illustrate the enormous debt the modern world owes the ancient Chines. Read full review

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User Review  - Ken-ichi - Goodreads

Only read the first chapter, but there were no citations and no analysis of *why* China as so innovative. Also, Game of Thrones began dominating my reading life. So. Back to the library. Read full review



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About the author (1998)

Robert Temple is a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies, the Egyptian Exploration Society, the Royal Historical Society, the Institute of Classical Studies, and the Institute of Historical Research. He is the author of nine books, including "Conversations with Eternity" and "The Genius of China," Most recently he and his wife, Olivia, published "The Complete Fables of Aesop" to international acclaim. He lives in London.

Joseph Needham FRS (1900-1995) was the founder of the Science and Civilisation in China project.

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