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Brush Talks from Dream Brook free pdf This is the first complete English language version of Shen Kuo's seminal Brush Talks From Dream Brook published outside of China. Highly valued by scholars for its scientific and technological coverage, this encyclopaedic book is probably the most important source text for technological advances and the organization of knowledge in China's golden age, the Song dynasty (960-1279). It is one of the texts that can be categorized as miscellaneous notes (biji), which contains short entries on all kinds of musings and observations by Chinese literati scholars. Author Shen Kuo is the most famous writer in China's scientific history. Perhaps the most famous entry contains the first mention of woodblock typeset printing in Song China, one of the era's greatest inventions comparable to the Gutenberg printing press. The significance of Brush Talks From Dream Brook been thoroughly researched by scholars such as Fu Daiwie but it has not yet gained the recognition it deserves in Western studies on the history of science and technology. It also mentions a lot of interesting things about literati culture and the bureaucracy in China. Put in more general terms, Brush Talks from Dream Brook is a key text in the history of knowledge in China. Written between 1086 and 1093 in note style, it covers astronomy, mathematics, geography, physics, biology, medicine, military, literary, history, archaeology and music. Dr. Joseph Needham, a famous scientist from Britain, remarked that the Brush Talks From Dream Brook was the 'coordinate in the history of Chinese science'. Now translated into English and available outside of China for the first time, it's recognized as an important masterpiece in the history of Chinese scientific and technological development.

About Kuo Shen

Shen Kuo is a famous scientist and politician in Northern Song Dynasty of China. He studied astronomy and advocated a new calendar alike to the current calendar. In terms of physics, he recorded the principle of compass and various methods of making it. Shen Kuo discovered the existence of geomagnetism deflection, which was 400 years earlier than that of Europe, as well researching the imaging principle of concave mirror and the resonance discipline. In mathematics, he established 'Interval Accumulating Method' (the sum acquisition method of two-class arithmetical progression) and 'circle meeting method' (to obtain the length of arched string and arc as the diameter of the circle and the height of the bow are given). In geognosy, he researched the formation of alluvial plain and the corroding effect of water. The word 'petroleum' in Chinese was firstly put forward by Shen Kuo and still used today. In medicine, he recorded a great number of important medicine books as well as some effective prescriptions. Besides, he settled down many situations relating to scientific development and technology at that time, such as the invention of type printing and the method of metal smelting.

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Author : Kuo Shen
Publisher : Paths International Ltd
Data Published : 01 November 2011
ISBN : 1844641732
EAN : 9781844641734
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 532 pages
Age + : 18 years
Language : English
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