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Author Winchester, Simon.

Title The man who loved China : the fantastic story of the eccentric scientist who unlocked the mysteries of the Middle Kingdom / Simon Winchester.

Imprint New York, NY : Harper Perrenial , 2009.


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Santa Catalina Branch Non-Fiction    92 NEEDHAM,J WIN    DUE 09-16-15 Billed
Edition 1st Harper Perrenial ed.
Description xii, 316, 16 p. : ill., maps ; 21 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [285]-294) and index.
Contents The barbarian and the celestial -- Bringing fuel in snowy weather -- The discovering of China -- The rewards of restlessness -- The making of his masterpiece -- Persona non grata : the certain fall from grace -- The passage to the gate -- Appendix I: Chinese inventions and discoveries with dates of first mention -- Appendix II: States, kingdoms, and dynasties of China.
Summary The extraordinary story of Joseph Needham, the brilliant Cambridge scientist who unlocked the most closely held secrets of China--long the world's most technologically advanced country. This married Englishman, a freethinking intellectual, while working at Cambridge University in 1937, fell in love with a visiting Chinese student, with whom he began a lifelong affair. He became fascinated with China, and embarked on a series of extraordinary expeditions to the farthest frontiers of this ancient empire. He searched everywhere for evidence to bolster his conviction that the Chinese were responsible for hundreds of mankind's most familiar innovations--including printing, the compass, explosives, suspension bridges, even toilet paper--often centuries before the rest of the world. His dangerous journeys took him across war-torn China to far-flung outposts, consolidating his deep admiration for the Chinese people. After the war, Needham began writing what became a seventeen-volume encyclopedia, Science and Civilisation in China. -- From publisher description.
Subject Needham, Joseph, 1900-1995.
Needham, Joseph, 1900-1995. Science and civilisation in China.
ISBN 9780060884611 : $15.99

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