Science and Civilisation in China: Volume 4, Physics and Physical Technology, Part 1, Physics

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Cambridge University Press, 1962 - Science - 468 pages
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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
288
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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Joseph Needham FRS (1900-1995) was the founder of the Science and Civilisation in China project.

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