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Early Chinese Work in Natural Science

A Re-examination of the Physics of Motion, Acoustics, Astronomy and Scientific Thoughts

Distributed for Hong Kong University Press

Early Chinese Work in Natural Science

A Re-examination of the Physics of Motion, Acoustics, Astronomy and Scientific Thoughts

This book re-examines the nature of early Chinese work in natural science, on the basis of original records analysis and artifacts discovered in recent decades by archaeological explorations of China’s past. It presents a concise account of early scientific ideas and thoughts of nature, and their effect on the development of natural science. It is suggested that the traditional characterization of early Chinese work in natural science requires substantial modification. The absence of early Chinese participation in the development of ‘modern’ science is not, as commonly assumed, a consequence of lacking early scientific tradition in ancient China. It is argued that the concept of ‘inhibitive’ factors is dubious without taking their dynamical relationships into account, and that socio-economical and political influence has to be considered when seeking answers to the major setbacks in science and technology in China. The book also shows that there is no basis for the claims saying that acoustics and astronomy in China have their roots in Babylon.

300 pages | 6.5 x 9.5


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