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China, the West, and World History in Joseph Needham's Science and Civilisation in China

China, the West, and World History in Joseph Needham's Science and Civilisation in China robert finlay The University of Arkansas before the death of Joseph Needham in 1995 at the age of ninety-four, his Science and Civilisation in China was acclaimed as L ong the monumental achievements of twentieth-century scholarone of ship. One reviewer greeted the first volume in 1954 by declaring that Needham's project represents "perhaps the greatest single act of historical synthesis and intercultural communication ever attempted by one man." 1 When the twenty-eighth and last text in the series comes out sometime in the next ten years, the volumes will provide an encyclopedic survey of Chinese achievements in almost all areas of science and technology--physics, astronomy, metallurgy, chemistry, botany, agriculture, biology, language, geology, ceramics, and sericulture. 2 * A version of this paper was presented at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University, in April 1999. I am grateful to Ethel S. Goodstein, William H. McNeill, and an anonymous reviewer for their valuable suggestions and criticisms. I wish to thank John Moffett, librarian of the East Asian History of Science Library at The Needham Research Institute in Cambridge for graciously allowing me access to materials in his collection. I am also greatly indebted to Jin Jiang for her assistance in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World History University of Hawai'I Press

China, the West, and World History in Joseph Needham's Science and Civilisation in China

Journal of World History , Volume 11 (2) – Oct 1, 2000

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robert finlay The University of Arkansas before the death of Joseph Needham in 1995 at the age of ninety-four, his Science and Civilisation in China was acclaimed as L ong the monumental achievements of twentieth-century scholarone of ship. One reviewer greeted the first volume in 1954 by declaring that Needham's project represents "perhaps the greatest single act of historical synthesis and intercultural communication ever attempted by one man." 1 When the twenty-eighth and last text in the series comes out sometime in the next ten years, the volumes will provide an encyclopedic survey of Chinese achievements in almost all areas of science and technology--physics, astronomy, metallurgy, chemistry, botany, agriculture, biology, language, geology, ceramics, and sericulture. 2 * A version of this paper was presented at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University, in April 1999. I am grateful to Ethel S. Goodstein, William H. McNeill, and an anonymous reviewer for their valuable suggestions and criticisms. I wish to thank John Moffett, librarian of the East Asian History of Science Library at The Needham Research Institute in Cambridge for graciously allowing me access to materials in his collection. I am also greatly indebted to Jin Jiang for her assistance in

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Published: Oct 1, 2000

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