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Ancient Chinese inventions

Author: Yinke Deng; Pinxing Wang
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.
Series: Introductions to Chinese culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Updated edView all editions and formats
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China has given birth to numerous scientific and technological inventions, and for many centuries led the world in such innovations. Indeed, some of the most important inventions in the history of human civilization originated in China, not least the compass, gunpowder, paper and printing. This book provides an illustrated introduction to the many inventions to which China can lay claim, from the aforementioned  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Yinke Deng; Pinxing Wang
ISBN: 9780521186926 0521186927
OCLC Number: 671710733
Language Note: Translated from the Chinese.
Description: 155 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color map, portraits ; 23 cm.
Contents: The Four Major Inventions. Are the four major inventions the most important? ; Compass ; Gunpowder ; Paper ; Printing. --
Other Major Inventions (I). Iron and steel smelting ; Copper smelting and bronze ware ; Extraction and application of petroleum ; Discovery and mining of coal ; Pottery and porcelain ; Wine and liquor ; Sericulture ; Tea and tea culture. --
Other Major Inventions (II). Star catalogue and star atlas ; Observation of solar and lunar eclipses ; Surveying of the meridian ; Zhang Heng and his seismograph ; Guo Shoujing and his shoushi calendar ; The decimal and binary systems ; Zu Chongzhi and pi ; Equal temperament. --
Other Major Inventions (III). Traditional Chinese medicine ; Acupuncture ; Anesthetic ; Variolation ; The Great Wall ; China's Grand Canal ; Dujiangyan irrigation system. --
Miscellaneous Smart Inventions. Kite ; Abacus ; Weiqi (Go) ; Hot-air balloon ; Parachute ; Archery ; Match ; Chinese kung fu ; Football ; Golf. --
Classical Works of Science --
Chronological Table of the Chinese Dynasties.
Series Title: Introductions to Chinese culture.
Other Titles: Zhongguo gu dai fa ming.
Responsibility: Deng Yinke ; translated by Wang Pingxing.

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Some of the most important inventions in the history of human civilization originated in China - not least the compass, gunpowder, paper and printing. Ancient Chinese Inventions provides an  Read more...

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