BOOK REVIEW Shen Gua’s Empiricism. By Ya ZUO. Cambridge: Harvard University Asia Center, 2018. Pp. xii + 348. Hardcover $49.95, ISBN 978-0-67-498711-1. Reviewed by James D. Sellmann University of Guam firstname.lastname@example.org History of science students will want to read this book. Professor Zuo animates the life, career, and thought of SHEN Gua (1031-1095) in this delightful historical, biographical work. SHEN Gua (沈括) embodied the classical spirit of the scholar- official during the Song dynasty (960-1279). Shen is the author of Brush Talks from Dream Brook (Mengxi Bitan 梦溪筆談), a canonical text in the study of the history of science in China and in the Notebook (Biji 筆記) style of writing. Zuo argues, using a double-narrative structure, that Shen’s intellectual life and career are fused in his scientific empiricism. This book is a complete study containing a List of Tables and Figures, three pages of Acknowledgments, a List of Abbreviations, a 19-page Introduction, 11 chapters, three interesting and useful appendices, 28 pages of detailed notes, an extensive Bibliography, and a seven-page Index. The third Appendix, A Selection of SHEN Gua’s Writings in Translation can be found at http://www.zuoya.org/book or at http://bit.ly/2KhmH1 URL links. In the Introduction, Zuo explains that, rather
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