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The Man Who Loved China by Simon Winchester
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Jan 02, 2011

it was amazing
Read in December, 2010

what is amazing and worthy of the 5 rating may be more the story than the book. but since the book is what brings the remarkable life of Joseph Needham to the reader's attention so successfully, I am happy to give it a 5. Needham's life is certainly one of the more fascinating meetings of the personal (lifelong Chinese mistress -- in addition to an English wife) and the political (left-leaning and Communist sympathizer), not to mention the academic (brilliant scientist and researcher at Cambridge Univ). The result: a massive encyclopedia called Science and Civilization in China, which is one of the great academic achievements of all time. the work documents extensively the many inventions in all aspects of life which occurred in China long before the did in the West, but for which the West had previously taken credit. a terrific listen in audiobook format.

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message 1: by Quo (new) - rated it 4 stars

Quo If you ever have the opportunity to meet Simon, please take advantage, as he is the ultimate raconteur & a fascinating fellow, someone who has a boyish enthusiasm that lead him in so many directions. The author makes periodic book tours in the U.S. & U.K. & he is a delight, an attentive listener as well as a gifted speaker. If not, check out some of his commentary online.

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