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Science and Civilisation in China: Volume 3, Mathematics and the Sciences of the Heavens and the Earth

Joseph Needham



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Cambridge University Press
03 March 1959
History; History of science
After two volumes mainly introductory, Dr Needham now embarks upon his systematic study of the development of the natural sciences in China. The Sciences of the Earth follow: geography and cartography, geology, seismology and mineralogy. Dr Needham distinguishes parallel traditions of scientific cartography and religious cosmography in East and West, discussing orbocentric wheel-maps, the origins of the rectangular grid system, sailing charts and relief maps, Chinese survey methods, and the impact of Renaissance cartography on the East. Finally-and here Dr Needham's work has no Western predecessors-there are full accounts of the Chinese contribution to geology and mineralogy.
By:   Joseph Needham
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 253mm,  Width: 196mm,  Spine: 67mm
Weight:   2.350kg
ISBN:   9780521058018
ISBN 10:   0521058015
Series:   Science and Civilisation in China
Pages:   926
Publication Date:   03 March 1959
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
List of illustrations List of tables; List of abbreviations; Acknowledgements; Author's note; 19. Mathematics; 20. Astronomy; 21. Meteorology; 22. The Sciences of the Earth; 23. Geography and cartography; 24. Geology (and related sciences); 25. Seismology; 26. Mineralogy; Addenda; Bibliographies; General index.

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