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Science in Traditional China: A Comparative Perspective

Needham, Joseph

Published by Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1981
ISBN 10: 0674794389 / ISBN 13: 9780674794382
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Title: Science in Traditional China: A Comparative ...

Publisher: Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass.

Publication Date: 1981

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition.

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First edition: 1981 on title page, no subsequent printings mentioned on copyright page; co-published with The Chinese University Press, Hong Kong. Bound in red cloth-covered boards with gold lettering on the spine. Book is unmarked; corners sharp, spine ends bumped; flare to the front board. The dust jacket is not priced; edgewear; spine is sun-faded; a half-inch closed tear to bottom of front panel; Brodart protected. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 007446

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The world's 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.

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