Genius of China: 3000 Years of Science, Discovery & Invention

Author(s): Robert Temple

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Based on the immense, authoritative scholarship of the late Dr Joseph Needham, the world's foremost scholar of Chinese science, and authorised by him, The Genius of China is a captivating introduction to the astounding and unparalleled achievements of ancient China. Undisputed masters of invention and discovery for 3,000 years, the Chinese were the first to discover the solar wind and the circulation of the blood and even isolate sex hormones. From the suspension bridge and the seismograph to deep drilling for natural gas, the iron plough and the parachute, Robert Temple captures the spirit and excitement of centuries of ingenuity in this highly accessible, lavishly illustrated volume.


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Robert Temple is a Visiting Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science at Tsinghua University in Beijing - China's leading university. He was previously Visiting (Adjunct) Professor of Humanities, History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Louisville, has affiliations with the University of the Aegean in Greece and the Archaeological Sciences Institute of the Aegean at Alexandria, Egypt. He is the author of a series of classic investigations into archaeological mysteries, notably The Sirius Mystery and Netherworld.

Introduction; Part 1 - Agriculture; Part 2 - Astronomy and Cartography; Part 3 - Engineering; Part 4 - Domestic and Industrial Technology; Part 5 - Medicine and Health; Part 6 - Mathematics; Part 7 - Magnetism; Part 8 - The Physical Sciences; Part 9 - Transportation and Exploration; Part 10 - Sound and Music; Part 11 - Warfare; Chinese dynasties; General map of China.

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  • : 9780233004006
  • : Carlton Books Ltd
  • : Andre Deutsch Ltd
  • : August 2013
  • : 260mm X 194mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : September 2013
  • : books

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  • : 951
  • : 288
  • : approx. 200 photographs & illustrations
  • : Robert Temple
  • : Paperback