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Shorter Science and Civilisation in China An Abridgement of Joseph Needham's Original Text

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9780521338738


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0521338735


Publisher:  Cambridge University Press
Summary: Digesting the main sections of Volume IV of Dr. Needham's magnum opus, this book is concerned with the immense advances made in early and medieval China in mechanical engineering. It discusses in simple but eminently readable terms the status of engineers, their tools and materials, then basic mechanical principles, followed by machinery powered by animals, man and even by steam, vehicles for land transport, six cent...uries of hidden clockwork, windmills and aeronautics. Since China was far ahead of the West in ancient and medieval times, this volume helps make clear the immense debt owed by Western civilization to the Chinese. Such debts included the important mechanical principles of transforming rotary motion to a to-and-fro motion of a crank and vice-versa. They invented the first efficient harness for horses and the first mechanical clocks.

Ronan, Colin A. is the author of Shorter Science and Civilisation in China An Abridgement of Joseph Needham's Original Text, published under ISBN 9780521338738 and 0521338735. Four hundred four Shorter Science and Civilisation in China An Abridgement of Joseph Needham's Original Text textbooks are available for sale on ValoreBooks.com, one hundred one used from the cheapest price of $95.65, or buy new starting at $74.16.
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Shorter Science and Civilisation in China An Abridgement of Joseph Needham's Original Text

ISBN-13: 9780521338738


ISBN: 0521338735


Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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