Ancient Chinese Inventions

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 3, 2011 - History - 155 pages
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China has given birth to numerous scientific and technological inventions, and for many centuries led the world in such innovations. Indeed, some of the most important inventions in the history of human civilization originated in China - not least the compass, gunpowder, paper and printing. Ancient Chinese Inventions provides an accessible, illustrated introduction to the many inventions to which China can lay claim, from the aforementioned seminal discoveries to mining technology, the production of silk and ceramics, and brilliant advances in astronomy, mathematics and medicine.
 

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Contents

Foreword
1
The Four Major Inventions
11
Iron and Steel Smelting
29
Extraction and Application of Petroleum
40
Wine and Liquor
51
Tea and Tea Culture
58
Star Catalogue and Star Atlas
64
Surveying of the Meridian
71
Traditional Chinese Medicine
95
Anesthetic
105
Chinas Grand Canal
114
Miscellaneous Smart Inventions
121
Chronological Table of the Chinese
156
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Yinke Deng, a graduate of Peking University, is a writer, editor and member of the Chinese Writers' Association. He has published numerous works of fiction and non-fiction in China.

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