226 China Review International: Vol. 4, No. 1, Spring 1997 Colin A. Ronan. The Shorter Science and Civilisation in China: An Abridgement by Colin A. Ronan ofJoseph Needham's Original Text. Volume 5. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995. xvi, 364 pp. Hardcover $69.95, isbn 0-521-46214-2. Paperback $34.95, isbn 0-521-46773-x. The late Colin A. Ronan was for some years before his recent death the director of the Needham Research Institute in Cambridge, where his duties included over- seeing both the production and publication of the remaining volumes of Needham's mighty Science and Civilisation in China and--Ronan's personal project-- creating an abridged version ofthat great work. This, the fifth volume of the abridged version continues fhe pattern set by the earlier ones; on the whole it succeeds in making the material less intimidatingly comprehensive and more accessible to nonspecialists, in a format significantiy more affordable than the volumes of the original set (though still hardly inexpensive). The material in the present book, drawn from sections of two parts of Volume IV of the original work, covers civü engineering and some aspects of mechanical engineering. The major topics included are roads, waUs, building technology, bridges, water control and waterway construction, and water-raising
China Review International – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Mar 30, 1997
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