The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom

The Man Who Loved China The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom In illuminating detail Winchester bestselling author of The Professor the Madman Elegant scrupulous NY Times Book Review Krakatoa A mesmerizing page turner Time tells the story of Joseph Needham th

  • Title: The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom
  • Author: Simon Winchester
  • ISBN: 9780060884598
  • Page: 321
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In illuminating detail, Winchester, bestselling author of The Professor the Madman Elegant scrupulous NY Times Book Review Krakatoa A mesmerizing page turner Time tells the story of Joseph Needham, the Cambridge scientist who unlocked the most closely held secrets of China, long the world s most technologically advanced country No cloistered don,In illuminating detail, Winchester, bestselling author of The Professor the Madman Elegant scrupulous NY Times Book Review Krakatoa A mesmerizing page turner Time tells the story of Joseph Needham, the Cambridge scientist who unlocked the most closely held secrets of China, long the world s most technologically advanced country No cloistered don, this tall, married Englishman was a freethinking intellectual A nudist, he was devoted to quirky folk dancing In 1937, while working as a biochemist at Cambridge, he fell in love with a visiting Chinese student, with whom he began a lifelong affair His mistress persuaded him to travel to her home country, where he embarked on a series of expeditions to the frontiers of the ancient empire He searched for evidence to bolster a conviction that the Chinese were responsible for hundreds of humankind s most familiar innovations including printing, the compass, explosives, suspension bridges, even toilet paper often centuries before others His journeys took him across war torn China, consolidating his admiration for the Chinese After the war, he determined to announce what he d discovered began writing Science Civilisation in China, describing the country s long history of invention technology By the time he died, he d produced, almost single handedly, 17 volumes, making him the greatest one man encyclopedist ever Epic intimate, The Man Who Loved China tells the sweeping story of China thru Ne

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