The Shorter Science and Civilisation in China:

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Cambridge University Press, 1986 - History - 298 pages
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Joseph Needham's Science and Civilisation in China is a monumental piece of scholarship which breaks new ground in presenting to the Western reader a detailed and coherent account of the development of science, technology and medicine in China from the earliest times until the advent of the Jesuits and the beginnings of modern science in the late seventeenth century. It is a vast work, necessarily more suited to the scholar and research worker than the general reader. This paperback version, abridged and re-written by Colin Ronan, makes this extremely important study accessible to a wider public. The present book covers the material treated in volumes I and II of Dr Needham's original work. The reader is introduced to the country of China, its history, geography and language, and an account is given of how scientific knowledge travelled between China and Europe. The major part of the book is then devoted to the history of scientific thought in China itself. Beginning with ancient times, it describes the milieu in which arose the schools of the Confucians, Taoists, Mohists, Logicians and Legalists. We are thus brought on to the fundamental ideas which dominated scientific thinking in the Chinese Middle Ages, to the doctrines of the Two Forces (Yin and Yang) and the Five Elements (wu hsing), to the impact of the sceptical tradition and Buddhist and Neo-Confucian thought.--Publisher description.
 

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Science and Civilization in China (1954–2008) 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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