The Shorter Science And Civilisation In China: Volume 4: Shorter Science & Civilisa-v04

by Colin A. Ronan

Cambridge University Press | June 24, 1994 | Trade Paperback

Not yet rated | write a review
Digesting the main sections of Volume IV of Dr. Needham''s magnum opus, this book is concerned with the immense advances made in early and medieval China in mechanical engineering. It discusses in simple but eminently readable terms the status of engineers, their tools and materials, then basic mechanical principles, followed by machinery powered by animals, man and even by steam, vehicles for land transport, six centuries of hidden clockwork, windmills and aeronautics. Since China was far ahead of the West in ancient and medieval times, this volume helps make clear the immense debt owed by Western civilization to the Chinese. Such debts included the important mechanical principles of transforming rotary motion to a to-and-fro motion of a crank and vice-versa. They invented the first efficient harness for horses and the first mechanical clocks.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.79 in

Published: June 24, 1994

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0521338735

ISBN - 13: 9780521338738

save
5%

In Stock Hurry, only 138 left! Not yet released

$76.95  ea

Online Price

$76.95 List Price

or, Used from $83.20

eGift this item

Give this item in the form of an eGift Card.

+ what is this?

This item is eligible for FREE SHIPPING on orders over $25.
See details

Easy, FREE returns. See details

Item can only be shipped in Canada

Downloads instantly to your kobo or other ereading device. See details

All available formats:

Reviews

– More About This Product –

The Shorter Science And Civilisation In China: Volume 4: Shorter Science & Civilisa-v04

by Colin A. Ronan

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.79 in

Published: June 24, 1994

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0521338735

ISBN - 13: 9780521338738

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; List of tables; Preface; 1. Engineers: their status, tools and materials; 2. Basic mechanical principles; 3. Mechanical toys and machines described in Chinese works; 4. Vehicles for land transport and design of an efficient horse harness; 5. Clockwork: six hidden centuries; 6. Vertical and horizontal mountings, windmills and aeronautics; Bibliography; Table of Chinese dynastics; Index.

From the Publisher

Digesting the main sections of Volume IV of Dr. Needham''s magnum opus, this book is concerned with the immense advances made in early and medieval China in mechanical engineering. It discusses in simple but eminently readable terms the status of engineers, their tools and materials, then basic mechanical principles, followed by machinery powered by animals, man and even by steam, vehicles for land transport, six centuries of hidden clockwork, windmills and aeronautics. Since China was far ahead of the West in ancient and medieval times, this volume helps make clear the immense debt owed by Western civilization to the Chinese. Such debts included the important mechanical principles of transforming rotary motion to a to-and-fro motion of a crank and vice-versa. They invented the first efficient harness for horses and the first mechanical clocks.

Editorial Reviews

"Those interested in the development of technology and science have found much to profit them in Joseph Needham''s monumental history of science in China. The abridged volumes of his work are still rich in detail, ably produced by Colin Ronan with Needham...A fascinating book." New Scientist
Item not added

This item is not available to order at this time.

See used copies from 00.00
  • My Gift List
  • My Wish List
  • Shopping Cart