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Science and Civilisation in China

Science and Civilisation in China

Volume 5. Chemistry and Chemical Technology

Part 13. Mining

$311.00 (R)

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  • Date Published: May 2000
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521580007

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  • The fifth volume of the late 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. Spanning from the Neolithic period to the present day, it deals with the full range of Chinese mining from copper to mercury, arsenic to coal. The author explores not only the written sources but also the archaeological remains, and observes the traditional techniques still in use. The interrelationship between Chinese mining and its social, economic and political implications is examined. Through these discoveries, the author concludes that these factors were probably more important in determining how mining was carried out than the technological progress itself.

    • 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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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...very real achievement and contribution on producing this invaluable volume. It will be widely welcomed and used, particularly by those interested in mining history." American Historical Review

    "[An] astonishing and enduring study...[Needham brings] depth of emotion and technical finesse to his task."
    Jonathan Spence, New York Review of Books

    "Perhaps the greatest single act of historical synthesis and intercultural communication ever attempted by one man."
    Laurence Picken, Cambridge University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2000
    • 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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