Science and Civilisation in China: Volume 3, Mathematics and the Sciences of the Heavens and the Earth

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Cambridge University Press, 1959 - History - 877 pages
After two volumes mainly introductory, Dr Needham now embarks upon his systematic study of the development of the natural sciences in China. The Sciences of the Earth follow: geography and cartography, geology, seismology and mineralogy. Dr Needham distinguishes parallel traditions of scientific cartography and religious cosmography in East and West, discussing orbocentric wheel-maps, the origins of the rectangular grid system, sailing charts and relief maps, Chinese survey methods, and the impact of Renaissance cartography on the East. Finally-and here Dr Needham's work has no Western predecessors-there are full accounts of the Chinese contribution to geology and mineralogy.
 

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Contents

After
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List of Tables
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Dr
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Authors Note
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metry
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MATHEMATICS page
1
Sciei
43
lij A zebra p
112
e Rainbows parhelia and spectres p
473
g Thunder and lightning p
480
GEOGRAPHY AND CARTOGRAPHY page
497
c A note on Chinese explorers P
522
GEOLOGY and Related Sciences page
591
3 Caves underground waters and shifting sands
605
MINERALOGY page
636
Korea p
682

6 Influences and transmissions p
146
ASTRONOMY
171
d Ancient and medieval cosmological ideas p
210
the
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e The polar and equatorial character of Chinese astronomy
229
8 The development of astronomical instruments p
284
h Calendrical and planetary astronomy p
390
c Temperature p
465
BIBLIOGRAPHIES page
685
A Chinese books before + 1800 p
693
B Chinese and Japanese books and journal articles since
724
Books and journal articles in Western languages p
744
GENERAL INDEX
815
Table of Chinese Dynasties
871
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