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Science and Civilisation in China, Volume 5: Chemistry and Chemical Technology; Part 2: Spagyrical Discovery and Invention: Magisteries of Gold and Immortality

Needham, Joseph

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ISBN 10: 0521085713 / ISBN 13: 9780521085717
Published by Cambridge University Press, 1974
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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1974. Cambridge University Press. 4to. Hardcover. VG+ in slightly worn, price-clipped DJ. 12 pages are underlined; most pages only a line or two; a few more. Extra overseas postage will be required. (FR). Bookseller Inventory # F1248

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Title: Science and Civilisation in China, Volume 5:...

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 1974

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

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The fifth volume of Dr Needham's immense undertaking, like the fourth, is subdivided into parts for ease of assimilation and presentation, each part bound and published separately. The volume as a whole covers the subjects of alchemy, early chemistry, and chemical technology (which includes military invention, especially gunpowder and rockets; paper and printing; textiles; mining and metallurgy; the salt industry; and ceramics).

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Joseph Needham, who died in 1995, was the greatest British historian of China of the last 100 years. His Science and Civilisation in China series caused a seismic shift in western perceptions of China, which was revealed as perhaps the world's most scientifically and technically productive country in pre-modern times. But why did the scientific and industrial revolutions not happen in China? In the concluding volume of this series, Joseph Needham reflects on possible answers to this question and gives fascinating insights into his great intellectual quest.

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