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The Shorter Science and Civilisation in China :  Volume 5 - Colin A. Ronan

The Shorter Science and Civilisation in China

Volume 5

Paperback Published: 13th November 1995
ISBN: 9780521467735
Number Of Pages: 384

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This fifth volume of Colin Ronan's abridgement of Joseph Needham's monumental work is concerned with the remarkable engineering feats made during the early and medieval periods. No other country did more in civil engineering, both as to scale and skill, than China. The book opens with an account of the road system, which compared favorably with that of the Roman Empire. Naturally, the Great Wall of China is covered in some detail within the social context of walls, which--more than any other structure--mark the basic features of Chinese communities. The Chinese genius for town planning and achievements in hydraulic engineering are covered in later chapters. This book provides many clues as to the influence of Chinese innovation on Western engineering trends and will fascinate readers who are interested in the history of science and Chinese civilization.

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: 9780521467735
ISBN-10: 052146773X
Series: Shorter Science and Civilisation in China : Book 5
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 13th November 1995
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 15.42  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.55
Edition Type: Abridged

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