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Science and Civilisation in China, Volume 1: Introductory Orientations (Science and Civilisation in China #1)

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Dr Joseph Needham's account of the Chinese achievement in science & technology will stand as one of the great works of our time. It's been acclaimed by specialists in both East & West & also by readers with wider & more general interests. The text, based on research of a high critical quality, is supported by many hundreds of illustrations & is imbued w ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published January 1st 1956 by Cambridge University Press (NY/London)
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Jrobertus
May 31, 2008 Jrobertus rated it it was amazing
This is the first volume of a giant set. It gives an overview of ancient China's astonishing scientific and engineering advances. For example, they made blades of steel (not iron) that has an alloy makeup nearly identical to the latest Western technology. This is a cultural must read.
Angela Randall
It's really rare to find Science and Civilisation in China as a single volume. It's probably best to look for the individual sections and buy the lot. Although, after volume 3, each volume tends to be split into several parts. So, it's going to be a huge pain.

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Needham also explains how ancient Chinese is very hard to translate, which is why for example a translation of the Tao may say "take no action" when the characters actually mean "take no action against nature". Very helpful!

The articles stand alone so if you like bronze casting you'll go nuts, and you can skip the chapter on ship building. The 20+ volume set is available through libraries.
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