First published in 1969.
The historical civilization of China is, with the Indian and European-Semitic, one of the three greatest in the world, yet only relatively recently has any enquiry been begun into its achievements in science and technology. Between the first and fifteenth centuries the Chinese were generally far in advance of Europe and it was not until the scientific revolution of the Renaissance that Europe drew ahead. Throughout those fifteen centuries, and ever since, the West has been profoundly affected by the discoveries and invention emanating from China and East Asia.
In this series of essays and lectures, Joseph Needham explores the mystery of China's early lead and Europe's later overtaking.
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Book Description George Allen & Unwin, London, 1972. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Near Fine binding. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+ dust jacket. Second Impression. A clean and fresh copy with no marks of any kind. There is the "ghost" of a sticker on the endpaper. The dustjacket has been price-clipped and is now protected with a new mylar cover. Near Fine binding / Very Good+ dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 274836
Book Description Allen & Unwin, Winchester, Massachusetts, U.S.A., 1969. Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. First Edition. Clean and free of marks. Covers well-preserved with excellent spine gilt. Inner hinge at juncture of illustration is pulled, without compromising the binding. Erased name to front endpage. Jacket with good color to front, moderate edgewear & spine sunning, and two areas of surface loss to spine. Bookseller Inventory # 025473
Book Description Winchester, Massachusetts, U.S.A.: Allen & Unwin, 1969. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Bookseller Inventory # HL129
Book Description George Allen and Unwin, London, 1972. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Second printing. 1972, Second Printing. 350 pp. Hardcover, green cloth. Hardcover, green cloth, illustrated. Near Fine copy in a Very Good dust jacket. A sharp clean copy. The DJ is edgeworn with shallow loss at the crown of the spine; light soil; spine faded. Signature of the former owner, the late Nobel prize winner George Wald, on the fly leaf. DJ now housed in a mylar wrap. Bookseller Inventory # 0076016
Book Description Allen & Unwin, 1969. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0049310054
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