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Science and Civilisation in China: Volume 5, Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Part 1, Paper and Printing

Joseph Needham Tsien Tsuen-Hsuin



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Cambridge University Press
09 September 1985
History; History of science
Part one of the fifth volume of Joseph Needham's great enterprise is written by one of the project's collaborators. Professor Tsien Tsuen-Hsuin, working in regular consultation with Dr Needham, has written the most comprehensive account of every aspect of paper and printing in China to be published in the West. From a close study of the vast mass of source material, Professor Tsien brings order and illumination to an area of technology which has been of profound importance in the spread of civilisation. The main body of the book is a detailed study of the invention, technology and aesthetic development of printing in China. From the growth and ultimate refinements of early woodcut printing to the spread of printing from movable type and the development of book-binding, Professor Tsien carries the story forward to the beginning of the nineteenth century when 'more printed pages existed in Chinese than in all other languages put together'.
By:   Joseph Needham, Tsien Tsuen-Hsuin
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Volume:   v. 5
Dimensions:   Height: 246mm,  Width: 189mm,  Spine: 40mm
Weight:   1.382kg
ISBN:   9780521086905
ISBN 10:   0521086906
Series:   Science and Civilisation in China
Pages:   504
Publication Date:   09 September 1985
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for Science and Civilisation in China: Volume 5, Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Part 1, Paper and Printing

[An] astonishing and enduring study...[Needham brings] depth of emotion and technical finesse to his task. Jonathan Spence, New York Review of Books Perhaps the greatest single act of historical synthesis and intercultural communication ever attempted by one man. Laurence Picken, Cambridge University

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