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The Man Who Loved China

The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom
Winchester, Simon (Book - 2009)
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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.
Authors: Winchester, Simon
Title: The man who loved China
the fantastic story of the eccentric scientist who unlocked the mysteries of the Middle Kingdom
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Perrenial , 2009
Edition: 1st Harper Perrenial ed
Characteristics: xii, 316, 16 p. :,ill., maps ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Simon Winchester
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
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.
ISBN: 0060884614
9780060884611
Branch Call Number: B-Ne289w 2009
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [285]-294) and index
Subject Headings: Science China History Needham, Joseph, 1900-1995. Science and civilisation in China Scientists Great Britain Biography Needham, Joseph, 1900-1995
Topical Term: Science
Scientists
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Jun 22, 2013
  • WVMLBookClubTitles rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

In this fascinating biography, Winchester brings to life Joseph Needham, the brilliant and eccentric Cambridge scientist who brought to light China’s historic achievements and innovations during a time when the West regarded China as hopelessly backward. Winchester touches lightly on these innovations, but prefers to concentrate on the colourful life of Needham who, along with being a nudist and communist, had a lifelong affair with the Chinese graduate student who sparked his love for China in the first place.

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