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Science and Civilisation in China

Science and Civilisation in China

Volume 5. Chemistry and Chemical Technology

Part 13. Mining


Part of Science and Civilisation in China

  • Date Published: February 1999
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521580007

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About the Authors
  • The fifth volume of Dr Needham's immense undertaking covers the subjects of chemistry and chemical technology. This, the thirteenth part of the volume, is the first history of Chinese mining to appear in a western language. Covering from the Neolithic period to the present day it deals with the full range of Chinese mining from copper to mercury, arsenic to coal and a large number of other minerals and materials. The author draws extensively not only on written sources but also on archaeological remains, and observation of traditional techniques still in use. The interrelationship between Chinese mining and the social, economic and political conditions in which it took place is examined, and leads the author to conclude that these extraneous factors were probably more important in determining how mining was carried out than technological progress.

    • The only history of Chinese mining in English
    • Profusely illustrated with line drawings and photographs, as well as abundant tables and maps
    • Makes many comparisons with mining traditions in other parts of the world
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    'Peter Golas … provides the necessary technical detail with very clear explanations and he makes great efforts to place the technical development in its full historical context … Peter Golas's book gives us a clear view of the available evidence and an opportunity to argue about these questions in a more informed manner than has every been possible before.' EASTM

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 1999
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521580007
    • length: 564 pages
    • dimensions: 255 x 198 x 41 mm
    • weight: 1.58kg
    • contains: 127 b/w illus. 15 maps 14 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of maps
    List of tables
    List of abbreviations
    Author's note
    1. Introduction
    2. An overview of mining in China
    3. Sources
    4. Deposits
    5. The products of Chinese mining
    6. Prospecting and exploration
    7. Placer mining and surface mining
    8. Underground mining
    9. Ore dressing
    10. The copper precipitation process
    11. Labour, capital and mining technology
    12. The state and mining technology
    13. Conclusions
    14. Bibliographies
    15. General index
    15. Table of chineses dynasties
    16. Romanization convertion tables.

  • Author

    Peter J. Golas, University of Denver

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