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.The Poetry and Career of Li Po (+701 to +762). ... The Nine Songs; a study of Shamanism in Ancient China [the a#39;Chiu Koa#39; attributed traditionally to Chhii Yuan]. ... a#39;The Decimal Place-Value System in the Notation of Numbers in China.
|Title||:||Science and Civilisation in China: Volume 3, Mathematics and the Sciences of the Heavens and the Earth|
|Publisher||:||Cambridge University Press - 1959-01-01|