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The Shorter Science and Civilisation in China :  Volume 4 - Colin A. Ronan

The Shorter Science and Civilisation in China

Volume 4

Paperback Published: 29th August 1994
ISBN: 9780521338738
Number Of Pages: 352

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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 centuries 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.

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"Those interested in the development of technology and science have found much to profit them in Joseph Needham's monumental history of science in China. The abridged volumes of his work are still rich in detail, ably produced by Colin Ronan with Needham...A fascinating book." New Scientist

List of illustrations
List of tables
Preface
Magnetism and electricity
Nautical technology
Voyages and discovieries
Navigation
Propulsion
Steering
Techniques of peace and war afloat
Table of Chinese dynasties
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521338738
ISBN-10: 0521338735
Series: Shorter Science and Civilisation in China : Book 4
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 29th August 1994
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.01 x 14.22  x 2.11
Weight (kg): 0.51
Edition Type: Abridged

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