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Science and Civilisation in China

Science and Civilisation in China

Volume 5. Chemistry and Chemical Technology

Part 7. Military Technology: The Gunpowder Epic

$371.00 (R)

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  • Date Published: February 1987
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521303583

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  • The Gunpowder Epic is one of three planned publications on military technology within Dr Needham's immense undertaking. The discovery of gunpowder in China by the 9th century AD was followed by its rapid applications. It is now clear that the whole development from bombs and grenades to the invention of the metal-barrel hand gun took place in the Chinese culture area before Europeans had any knowledge of the mixture itself. Uses in civil engineering and mechanical engineering were equally important, before the knowledge of gunpowder spread to Europe in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Dr Needham's new work continues to demonstrate the major importance of Chinese science and technology to world history and maintains the tradition of one of the great scholarly works of the twentieth century.

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    "[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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    • Date Published: February 1987
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521303583
    • length: 742 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 x 60 mm
    • weight: 1.92kg
    • contains: 245 b/w illus. 6 tables
    • availability: In stock
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    Joseph Needham, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge

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    Ho Ping-Yü, The University of Hong Kong

    Lu Gwei-Djen, Robinson College, Cambridge

    Wang Ling

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