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The Resource The man who loved China : the fantastic story of the eccentric scientist who unlocked the mysteries of the Middle Kingdom, Simon Winchester

The man who loved China : the fantastic story of the eccentric scientist who unlocked the mysteries of the Middle Kingdom, Simon Winchester

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The man who loved China : the fantastic story of the eccentric scientist who unlocked the mysteries of the Middle Kingdom
Title
The man who loved China
Title remainder
the fantastic story of the eccentric scientist who unlocked the mysteries of the Middle Kingdom
Statement of responsibility
Simon Winchester
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The extraordinary story of Joseph Needham, the brilliant Cambridge scientist who unlocked the most closely held secrets of China--long the world's most technologically advanced country. This married Englishman, a freethinking intellectual, while working at Cambridge University in 1937, fell in love with a visiting Chinese student, with whom he began a lifelong affair. He became fascinated with China, and embarked on a series of extraordinary expeditions to the farthest frontiers of this ancient empire. He searched everywhere for evidence to bolster his conviction that the Chinese were responsible for hundreds of mankind's most familiar innovations--including printing, the compass, explosives, suspension bridges, even toilet paper--often centuries before the rest of the world. His dangerous journeys took him across war-torn China to far-flung outposts, consolidating his deep admiration for the Chinese people. After the war, Needham began writing what became a seventeen-volume encyclopedia, Science and Civilisation in China. -- From publisher description
Cataloging source
BTCTA
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Winchester, Simon
Dewey number
509.2
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
Q143.N44
LC item number
W56 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Needham, Joseph
  • Needham, Joseph
  • Scientists
  • Science
Label
The man who loved China : the fantastic story of the eccentric scientist who unlocked the mysteries of the Middle Kingdom, Simon Winchester
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Originally published: New York: HarperCollins, ©2008. With new back matter
Bar code
31223113383385
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-294) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The barbarian and the celestial -- Bringing fuel in snowy weather -- The discovering of China -- The rewards of restlessness -- The making of his masterpiece -- Persona non grata : the certain fall from grace -- The passage to the gate -- Appendix I: Chinese inventions and discoveries with dates of first mention -- Appendix II: States, kingdoms, and dynasties of China
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
1st Harper Perrenial ed.
Extent
xii, 316, 16 pages
Isbn
9780060884611
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • 960205814
  • (OCoLC)262886569
Label
The man who loved China : the fantastic story of the eccentric scientist who unlocked the mysteries of the Middle Kingdom, Simon Winchester
Publication
Note
Originally published: New York: HarperCollins, ©2008. With new back matter
Bar code
31223113383385
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-294) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The barbarian and the celestial -- Bringing fuel in snowy weather -- The discovering of China -- The rewards of restlessness -- The making of his masterpiece -- Persona non grata : the certain fall from grace -- The passage to the gate -- Appendix I: Chinese inventions and discoveries with dates of first mention -- Appendix II: States, kingdoms, and dynasties of China
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
1st Harper Perrenial ed.
Extent
xii, 316, 16 pages
Isbn
9780060884611
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • 960205814
  • (OCoLC)262886569

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