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Science and Civilisation in China: Volume 5, Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Part 4, Spagyrical Discovery and Invention: Apparatus, Theories and Gifts

Joseph Needham Ho Ping-Yu Lu Gwei-Djen Nathan Sivin (University of Pennsylvania)

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Cambridge University Press
24 November 1980
History; History of science
The fifth volume of Dr Needham's immense undertaking, like the fourth, is subdivided into parts for ease of assimilation and presentation, each part bound and published separately. The volume as a whole covers the subjects of alchemy, early chemistry, and chemical technology (which includes military invention, especially gunpowder and rockets; paper and printing; textiles; mining and metallurgy; the salt industry; and ceramics).
By:   Joseph Needham, Ho Ping-Yu, Lu Gwei-Djen, Nathan Sivin (University of Pennsylvania)
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Volume:   v. 5
Dimensions:   Height: 255mm,  Width: 197mm,  Spine: 50mm
Weight:   1.754kg
ISBN:   9780521085731
ISBN 10:   052108573X
Series:   Science and Civilisation in China
Pages:   804
Publication Date:   24 November 1980
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
List of illustrations; List of tables; List of abbreviations; Acknowledgements; Author's note; 33. Alchemy and chemistry (continued); Bibliographies; General index.

Reviews for Science and Civilisation in China: Volume 5, Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Part 4, Spagyrical Discovery and Invention: Apparatus, Theories and Gifts

[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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