Science and Civilisation in China

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Cambridge University Press, 1962 - Science - 434 pages
Dr Needham's fourth volume traces the development of physics and physical technology in ancient and medieval China. It is conveniently divided into three separate parts, the present volume, IV:1, dealing with physics as such, IV:2 with mechanical engineering and IV:3 with civil engineering and nautics.
 

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Contents

PHYSICS
1
A Sound Acoustics with Kenneth Robinson p
126
iii Sung compasses wet and dry p
251
iv References in the Thang and earlier p
256
v The Han diviners and the lodestone spoon p
261
vi Literature on the diviners board p
268
vii References to the southpointer p
269
viii The ladle of majesty p
271
7 Magnetic variation and inclination p
313
8 The magnet divination and chess p
314
i The fighting chessmen of Luan Ta p
315
ii Chess and astronomical symbolism p
318
iii Divination by throwing p
326
iv Comparative physiology of games p
328
9 General summary p
330
Abbreviations p
336

ix From the spoon to the needle p
273
5 The use of the compass in navigation p
279
i The mariners compass and the compasscard
286
ii The directionfinder on the imperial lake p
292
6 Magnetic declination p
293
ii The three circles of Master Chhiu Master Yang and Master Lai p
299
iii Early observations of declination p
301
iv Traces in urban orientations p
312
A Chinese books before + 1800 p
341
B Chinese and Japanese books and journal articles since + 1800
362
Books and journal articles in Western languages p
368
BIBLIOGRAPHIES 335
397
GENERAL INDEX
399
Table of Chinese Dynasties
431
Summary of the Contents of Volume 4
432
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