Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Man Who Loved China by Simon Winchester

The Man Who Loved China

Joseph Needham was a modern Renaissance man who made his life work to chronicle the history of Chinese scientific inventions and posed what was known as the "Needham question" which was the reason why these advances came to a halt around AD 1500. Winchester must have waded through thousands of pages of chronicles, letters, books, etc. to whittle Needham's life and travels down to this book.

Being interested in things scientific and things Asian, this book was a natural for me. I loved reading about his travels and inquiries along his way as he trekked around China in his search for information for what would become the premier source of information on his topics. 

This book was well worth the time to read it. Fun for adventurers, sinophiles, and those with scientific curiosity.

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