Science and Civilisation in China, Volume 3: Mathematics and the Sciences of the Heavens and the Earth pdf epub fb2

Science and Civilisation in China, Volume 3: Mathematics and the Sciences of the Heavens and the Earth by Joseph Needham epub fb2 djvu

Author: Joseph Needham
Title: Science and Civilisation in China, Volume 3: Mathematics and the Sciences of the Heavens and the Earth
ISBN: 0521058015
ISBN13: 978-0521058018
Other Formats: lrf azw mbr lit
Pages: 926 pages
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (January 1, 1959)
Language: English
Size EPUB version: 1772 kb
Size FB2 version: 1873 kb
Category: Engineering & Transportation
Subcategory: Engineering

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.

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