Volume 6. Part III of Science and Civilisation in China contains two separate works. The first, by Christian Daniels, is a comprehensive history of Chinese sugar cane technology from ancient times to the early twentieth century. Dr Daniels includes an account of the contribution of Chinese techniques and machinery to the development of world sugar technology in the pre-modern period, devoting special attention to the transfer of this technology to the countries of South-East and East Asia in the period after the sixteenth century. The second, by Nicholas K. Menzies, is a history of forestry in China. Dr Menzies identifies a tradition of forest management that can be traced to the earliest Chinese written records, and describes methods of silviculture and the major timber species used in Chinese forestry. A final section compares China's history of deforestation with the cases of Europe and Japan.
Foreword Joseph Needham; Section 42a: Agro-Industries: Sugar Cane Technology: (a) Introduction: general characteristics of agro-industries in China; (b) Sugar cane and sugar: consumption and production in China; (c) Sugar cane clones, species and origins; (d) Sugar cane agriculture; (e) Cane sugar manufacture; (f) Transfer of Chinese sugar-making technology to East and South-East Asia; (g) Epilogue and overview; Bibliographies. Section 42b: Forestry: (a) Introduction; (b) Taxonomy and identification of major forestry species; (c) Silviculture and forest management; (d) Harvesting and transport; (e) Premonitions of ecology; (f) Forestry in Chinese society; Bibliography; General index.
Reviews for Science and Civilisation in China: Volume 6, Biology and Biological Technology, Part 3, Agro-Industries and Forestry
'For this immense and astonishing work of erudition no praise can be too high ... we have a volume authoritative, fascinating and illuminating ... of contemporary Eastern and Western progress in the sciences.' W. M. Smart, Nature 'Needham's foresight continues to amaze us with his ability to discover in the ocean of datable Chinese literature so many facets of scientific knowledge.' Irish Astronomical Journal