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The genius of China : 3,000 years of science, discovery, and invention

Author: Robert K G Temple; Joseph Needham
Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster, ©1986.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An introduction to the achievements of ancient China.
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Temple, Robert K.G.
Genius of China.
New York : Simon and Schuster, ©1986
(OCoLC)568755267
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert K G Temple; Joseph Needham
ISBN: 0671620282 9780671620288 9781853752926 1853752924
OCLC Number: 13859505
Notes: Popularization of Joseph Needham's Science and civilisation in China.
Description: 254 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Contents: Agriculture. Row cultivation and intensive hoeing ; The iron plow ; Efficient horse harnesses ; The rotary winnowing fan ; The multi-tube ('modern') seed drill --
Astronomy and cartography. Recognition of sunspots as solar phenomena ; Quantitative cartography ; Discovery of the solar wind ; The Mercator map-projection ; Equatorial astronomical instruments --
Engineering. Spouting bowls and standing waves ; Cast iron ; The double-acting piston bellows ; The crank handle ; The 'Cardan suspension', or gimbals ; Manufacture of steel from cast iron ; Deep drilling for natural gas ; The belt-drive (or driving-belt) ; Water power ; The chain pump ; The suspension bridge ; The first cybernetic machine ; Essentials of the steam engine ; 'Magic mirrors' ; The 'Siemens' steel process ; The segmental arch bridge ; The chain-drive ; Underwater salvage operations --
Domestic and industrial technology. Lacquer: the first plastic ; Strong beer (sake) ; Petroleum and natural gas as fuel ; Paper ; The wheelbarrow ; Sliding calipers ; The magic lantern ; The fishing reel ; The stirrup ; Porcelain ; Biological pest control ; The umbrella ; Matches ; Chess ; Brandy and whisky ; The mechanical clock ; Printing ; Playing cards ; Paper money ; 'Permanent' lamps ; The spinning-wheel --
Medicine and health. Circulation of the blood ; Circadian rhythms in the human body ; The science of endocrinology ; Deficiency diseases ; Diabetes ; Use of thyroid hormone ; Immunology --
Mathematics. The decimal system ; A place for zero ; Negative numbers ; Extraction of higher roots and solutions of higher numerical equations ; Decimal fractions ; Using algebra in geometry ; A refined value of pi ; 'Pascal's' triangle --
Magnetism. The first compasses ; Dial and pointer devices ; Magnetic declination of the earth's magnetic field ; Magnetic remanence and induction --
The physical sciences. Geobotanical prospecting ; The first law of motion ; The hexagonal structure of snowflakes ; The seismograph ; Spontaneous combustion ; 'Modern' geology ; Phosphorescent paint --
Transportation and exploration. The kite ; Manned flight with kites ; The first relief maps ; The first contour transport canal ; The parachute ; Miniature hot-air balloons ; The rudder ; Masts and sailing ; Watertight compartments in ships ; The helicopter rotor and the propeller ; The paddle-wheel boat ; Land sailing ; The canal pound-lock --
Sound and music. The large tuned bell ; Tuned drums ; Hermetically sealed research laboratories ; The first understanding of musical timbre ; Equal temperament in music --
Warfare. Chemical warfare, poison gas, smoke bombs and tear gas --
The crossbow ; Gunpowder ; The flame-thrower ; Flares, fireworks, bombs, grenades, land mines and sea mines ; The rocket, and multi-staged rockets ; Guns, cannons, mortars and repeating guns.
Other Titles: China.
Responsibility: Robert Temple ; introduced by Joseph Needham.

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