In the second volume of his abridgement of Joseph Needham's original text, Colin Ronan looks in detail at the early Chinese contributions to various sciences. The first section deals with mathematics, and it is shown that the Chinese works were comparable with the pre-Renaissance achievements of the old world. This account is written with the non-mathematician in mind. The text is next concerned with the sciences of astronomy and meteorology, followed by the Earth sciences: geography, cartography, geology, seismology and mineralogy. Volume 2 closes with a description of some aspects of Chinese physics, including their predilection for the wave theory as opposed to particles, metrology, statics, hydrostatics, heat, light and sound.
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- Date Published: June 1985
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521315364
- length: 472 pages
- dimensions: 228 x 152 x 26 mm
- weight: 0.677kg
- contains: 70 b/w illus. 7 maps 23 tables
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
List of illustrations
List of tables
2. The sciences of the heavens: (i) astronomy
3. The sciences of the heavens: (ii) meteorology
4. The sciences of the earth: (i) geography and map-making
5. The sciences of the earth: (ii) geology and related sciences
Table of Chinese dynastics
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