Science and Civilisation in China: Volume 1, Introductory Orientations

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Cambridge University Press, 1954 - 318 páginas
Dr Joseph Needham's account of the Chinese achievement in science and technology will stand as one of the great works of our time. It has been acclaimed by specialists in both East and West and also by readers with wider and more general interests. The text, based on research of a high critical quality, is supported by many hundreds of illustrations and is imbued with a warm appreciation of China. Volume I is an introductory volume, in which Dr Needham prepares his readers for the study of a whole human culture. He begins by examining the structure of the Chinese language; he reviews the geography of China and the long history of its people, and discusses the scientific contacts which have occurred throughout the centuries, between Europe and East Asia.

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Joseph Needham was a biochemist at Cambridge in the 1920s and 30s before, by his own account, he fell in love with the Chinese language and country and set out in the 1950s to devote the rest of his ... Ler crítica na íntegra

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PREFACE
10
II
100
d The Chin dynasty and its successors Wei Liu Sung
119
8 Time of the Five Dynasties Wu Tai and the
130
i The Yuan Mongol dynasty P
140
k Types and motives of travellers the political urge
223
BIBLIOGRAPHIES
249
GENERAL INDEX
299

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