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Science and Civilisation in China: Volume 5, Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Part 13, Mining: Chemistry and Chemical Technology v. 5 (Hardback)

Peter J. Golas, Joseph Needham

Edité par CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, United Kingdom, 2000
ISBN 10: 0521580005 / ISBN 13: 9780521580007
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Titre : Science and Civilisation in China: Volume 5,...

Éditeur : CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, United Kingdom

Date d'édition : 2000

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre : New

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Language: English . Brand New Book. The fifth volume of Dr Needham s immense undertaking covers the subjects of chemistry and chemical technology. This, the thirteenth part of the volume, is the first history of Chinese mining to appear in a western language. Covering from the Neolithic period to the present day it deals with the full range of Chinese mining from copper to mercury, arsenic to coal and a large number of other minerals and materials. The author draws extensively not only on written sources but also on archaeological remains, and observation of traditional techniques still in use. The interrelationship between Chinese mining and the social, economic and political conditions in which it took place is examined, and leads the author to conclude that these extraneous factors were probably more important in determining how mining was carried out than technological progress. N° de réf. du libraire AAA9780521580007

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Synopsis : The fifth volume of Dr Needham's immense undertaking covers the subjects of chemistry and chemical technology. This, the thirteenth part of the volume, is the first history of Chinese mining to appear in a western language. Covering from the Neolithic period to the present day it deals with the full range of Chinese mining from copper to mercury, arsenic to coal and a large number of other minerals and materials. The author draws extensively not only on written sources but also on archaeological remains, and observation of traditional techniques still in use. The interrelationship between Chinese mining and the social, economic and political conditions in which it took place is examined, and leads the author to conclude that these extraneous factors were probably more important in determining how mining was carried out than technological progress.

Critique: 'Peter Golas ? provides the necessary technical detail with very clear explanations and he makes great efforts to place the technical development in its full historical context ? Peter Golas's book gives us a clear view of the available evidence and an opportunity to argue about these questions in a more informed manner than has every been possible before.' EASTM

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