The Shorter Science and Civilisation in China, Volume 4: the Main Sections of Volume IV, Part 2 of the Major series.; Engineers: their Status, Tools & Materials; Basic Mechanical Principles & Types of Machines; Land Transport; Clockwork; Windmills & Aeronautics. Joseph NEEDHAM, Colin A. Ronan.

The Shorter Science and Civilisation in China, Volume 4: the Main Sections of Volume IV, Part 2 of the Major series.; Engineers: their Status, Tools & Materials; Basic Mechanical Principles & Types of Machines; Land Transport; Clockwork; Windmills & Aeronautics

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994. First Edition Thus. Softcover. Octavo. xvi + 334pp. B&w illustrations, bibliography, index. Volume IV of the abridged edition which is concerned with the immense advances made in early and medieval China in mechanical engineering. It discusses in simple but eminently readable terms the status of engineers, their tools and materials, then basic mechanical principles, followed by machinery powered by animals, man and even by steam, vehicles for land transport, six centuries of hidden clockwork, windmills and aeronautics. Since China was far ahead of the West in ancient and medieval times, this volume helps make clear the immense debt owed by Western civilization to the Chinese. Such debts included the important mechanical principles of transforming rotary motion to a to-and-fro motion of a crank and vice-versa. They invented the first efficient harness for horses and the first mechanical clocks." From the library of occult scholar and author, Stephen Skinner with his ownership name in pen on first leaf. Light rubbing and creasing to covers, otherwise a tight, clean VG + copy. Item #57565
ISBN: 0521338735

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