The Genius of China: 3,000 Years of Science, Discovery, and Invention
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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Review: The Genius of China: 3,000 Years of Science, Discovery, and InventionUser Review - Matt - Goodreads
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
Review: The Genius of China: 3,000 Years of Science, Discovery, and InventionUser 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