Science in Traditional China

Science in Traditional China by Joseph Needham 0674794397 9780674794399
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The worlds preeminent authority on Chinese science explores the philosophy, social structure, arts, crafts, and even military strategies that form our understanding of Chinese science, making instructive comparisons along the way to similar elements of Indian, Hellenistic, and Arabic cultures. A major portion of the book concentrates on Taoist alchemy that led not only to the invention of gunpowder and firearms, but also, through the search for macrobiotic life-elixirs, to the rise of modern medical chemistry.

Author: Joseph Needham

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 144

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Publication Date: 1981-01-01


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