Science in Traditional China : a comparative perspective

3.76 avg rating
( 17 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780674794382: Science in Traditional China : a comparative perspective
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

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.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

It is pleasant to report thatNeedham-now in his eighty-fifth year-has written another magnificent book... absorbing and stimulating. (New York Review of Books)

Freewheeling, amusing, constantly alert and rarely dogmatic ... Needham keeps the reader aware of the place of China within a comparative context of global scientific discovery... [a] stimulating book. (Jonathan Spcnce New York Times Book Review)

A satisfying taste from the kitchen spoon of a great chef as he prepares an august banquet. It is 100 admirable pages, an honest sample of Needham's comparative method that brightens the shadows in our own history with light reflecting from the unexpected Chinese scene ... this little book [makes] a fine day's sail for readers. (Philip Morrison Scientific American)

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780674794399: Science in Traditional China

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0674794397 ISBN 13:  9780674794399
Publisher: Harvard University Press, 1981
Softcover

9789622012127: Science in Traditional China: a Comparative Perspective (Chi'en Mu lectures)

The Ch..., 1981
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Needham, Joseph
Published by Harvard University Press (1981)
ISBN 10: 0674794389 ISBN 13: 9780674794382
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harvard University Press, 1981. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110674794389

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 64.66
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Joseph Needham
Published by Harvard University Press (1981)
ISBN 10: 0674794389 ISBN 13: 9780674794382
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harvard University Press, 1981. Hardcover. Condition: New. illustrated edition. Seller Inventory # DADAX0674794389

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 80.20
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Joseph Needham
Published by Harvard University Press (1981)
ISBN 10: 0674794389 ISBN 13: 9780674794382
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harvard University Press, 1981. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0674794389

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 94.93
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds