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- DescriptionThe last decades of the Ming dynasty, though plagued by chaos and destruction, saw a significant increase in publications that examined advances in kwledge and techlogy. Among the numerous guides and reference books that appeared during this period was a series of texts by Song Yingxing (1587-1666?), a mir 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 firearms. In The Crafting of the 10,000 Things, Dagmar Schafer probes this fascinating text and the legacy of its author to shed new light on the development of scientific thinking in China, the purpose of technical writing, and its role in and effects on Chinese history.
- Author BiographyDagmar Schafer is head of the independent research group Concepts and Modalities: Practical Knowledge Transmission in China at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin.
- Author(s)Dagmar Schafer
- PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
- Date of Publication17/03/2015
- SubjectTechnology: General & Reference
- Place of PublicationChicago, IL
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Chicago Press
- Content Note24 halftones, 1 line drawing
- Weight517 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine20 mm
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