Science and Civilisation in China: Volume 5, Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Part 13, Mining

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 25, 1999 - Science - 564 pages
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The fifth volume of the late Dr. Needham's immense undertaking covers the subjects of chemistry and chemical technology. This, the thirteenth part of the volume, is the first history of Chinese mining to appear in a Western language. Spanning from the Neolithic period to the present day, it deals with the full range of Chinese mining from copper to mercury, arsenic to coal. The author explores not only the written sources but also the archaeological remains, and observes the traditional techniques still in use. The interrelationship between Chinese mining and its social, economic and political implications is examined. Through these discoveries, the author concludes that these factors were probably more important in determining how mining was carried out than the technological progress itself.
 

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Contents

36a MINING pagei
1
b Overview of mining in traditional China
13
c Sources
19
d Deposits
41
e The products of Chinese mining p
58
Prospecting and exploration
203
g Placer and surface mining p
238
h Underground mining
260
j The copper precipitation process p
370
k Labour capital and mining technology
387
The State and mining technology p
416
m Conclusion
429
BIBLIOGRAPHIES g437
437
GENERAL INDEX page
490
Table of Chinese Dynasties
529
Copyright

i Ore dressing p
352

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Joseph Needham FRS (1900-1995) was the founder of the Science and Civilisation in China project.

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