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Author Schäfer, Dagmar.

Title The Crafting of the 10,000 Things : Knowledge and Technology in Seventeenth-Century China
Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (353 pages)
Series Alexander von Humboldt in English
Humboldt, Alexander von, 1769-1859. Works. English.
Contents Introduction; 1. Private Affairs; 2. Affairs of Honor; 3. Public Affairs; 4. Written Affairs; 5. Formulating the Transformation; 6. Acoustics; Conclusion. Leaving the Theater; Epilogue. The Aftermath; Acknowledgments; Appendix 1. Chinese Dynasties and Various Rulers; Appendix 2. Song Yingxing Curriculum Vitae; Appendix 3. Editions of the Tiangong kaiwu; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary The last decades of the Ming dynasty, though plagued by chaos and destruction, saw a significant increase of publications that examined advances in knowledge and technology. Among the numerous guides and reference books that appeared during this period was a series of texts by Song Yingxing (1587-1666?), a minor local official living in southern China. His Tiangong kaiwu, the longest and most prominent of these works, documents the extraction and processing of raw materials and the manufacture of goods essential to everyday life, from yeast and wine to paper and ink to boats, carts, and firea
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 307-326) and index
Notes English
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Subject Song, Yingxing, 1587- Tian gong kai wu.
Cosmology, Chinese.
Qi (Chinese philosophy)
Science -- China -- History -- 17th century.
Technology -- China -- History -- 17th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Schäfer, Dagmar.
ISBN 0226735850