The Genius of China: 3,000 Years of Science, Discovery, and Invention

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Prion, 1998 - Science - 248 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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As the US confronts a competion of fairly recent years with China this book that explains how many inventions come in fact from earlier Chinese history is an important part of the picture. No, we were not first, and it makes a difference. Read full review

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One of the most important books I have ever read. This book should be mandatory reading for anyone interested in history, science, medicine, astronomy, architecture, and engineering. Amazsing, eye-opening, wonderful read. It will change everything you thought you knew. Read full review



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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.

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