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The Man Who Loved China

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Published by HarperCollins in New York .
Written in English


The Physical Object
FormatElectronic resource
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Open LibraryOL24262758M
ISBN 109780061668661, 9780061668678

He searched everywhere for evidence to bolster his conviction that the Chinese were responsible for hundreds of mankind's most familiar innovations—including printing, the compass, explosives, suspension bridges, even toilet paper—often centuries before the rest of the world. He also supported the controversial Chinese communist claims of American biological warfare as an inspector from to in North Korea during the Korean War He was banned by the American government from entering into American borders for 25 years. Though he adored the pomp and ceremony of Cambridge, Needham was sympathetic to the student rebellions of His thrilling and dangerous journeys, vividly recreated by Winchester, took him across war-torn China to far-flung outposts, consolidating his deep admiration for the Chinese people.

He visited Moscow in and returned 'powerfully reinforced' by the experience. His thrilling and dangerous journeys, vividly recreated by Winchester, took him across war-torn China to far-flung outposts, consolidating his deep admiration for the Chinese people. This title will be released on. His thrilling and dangerous journeys, vividly recreated by Winchester, took him across war-torn China to far-flung outposts, consolidating his deep admiration for the Chinese people. Share via Email Joseph Needham is one of those extraordinary characters whose life was so large and sprawling that it needs first to be condensed into a list. By the time he died, he had produced, essentially single-handedly, seventeen immense volumes, marking him as the greatest one-man encyclopedist ever.

In he married Dorothy Moyle, another biochemist, and they maintained an open marriage, which lasted until her death more than 60 years later. Needham "succeeded, as few others are ever privileged to do, in making a significant and positive change to mankind's mutual understanding. As a journalist he was kept prisoner by the Argentinian forces in the Falkland Islands. Though he was married, the relationship was apparently 'open' and for the next 52 years Lu would be his mistress. Chief of these are the Needham Research Institute in Cambridge and the enormous, perspective-altering endeavour that is Science and Civilisation in China. Nevertheless, he was convinced that the solution to China's problems was communism.


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The Man Who Loved China by Simon Winchester Download PDF Ebook

Amazing China The three inventions that Francis Bacon said most profoundly changed the world were all invented in China the compass, printing, and gunpowder long before the rest of the world reinvented them, as were many, many more. This also led him to the famous 'Needham question' -- succinctly put in his first mention of it: "Chinese sci.

For almost 50 years, he kept both his wife and his Chinese mistress content, not only with him but with each other, even as he continued to play the field. Though he was married, the relationship was apparently 'open' and for the next 52 years Lu would be his mistress.

But there is The Man Who Loved China book a telling, unresolved paradox running through Winchester's tale. Chief of these are the Needham Research Institute in Cambridge The Man Who Loved China book the enormous, perspective-altering endeavour that is Science and Civilisation in China.

Here is an unforgettable tale of what makes men, nations, and, indeed, mankind itself great—related by one of the world's inimitable storytellers. He would certainly have been a wonderful, and perhaps rather intimidating man to meet.

But taking the much longer view surely appropriate for such an ancient cultureas China rises, maybe we should consider those few centuries as a mere blip? With the help of Lu, the biochemist taught himself Chinese Nanjing Mandarin and in was flown into war-torn China by the British government on The Man Who Loved China book diplomatic mission to help embattled Chinese scientists and academics.

According to Simon Winchester "Needham was intellectually in love with communism; and yet communist spymasters and agents, it turned out, had pitilessly duped him.

During one sit-in, he sent a note to protesters: 'I wish you to know that I support entirely all the reforms for which you are demonstrating today. Why were they so far ahead for so long, and then stalled around AD, after which scientific progress switched to the west? How the once mighty Chinese empire had come to fall so low is, in essence, the basis of what became known as the 'Needham question'.

After the war, Needham was determined to tell the world what he had discovered, and began writing his majestic Science and Civilisation in China, describing the country's long and astonishing history of invention and technology. No cloistered don, this tall, married Englishman was a freethinking intellectual, who practiced nudism and was devoted to a quirky brand of folk dancing.

By the time he died, he had produced, essentially single-handedly, seventeen immense volumes, marking him as the greatest one-man encyclopedist ever. The story of how this biochemist, whose first great piece of scholarship was the three-volume Chemical Embryology, became the leading authority on the history of science in China is a fascinating one.

After the war, Needham was determined to tell the world what he had discovered, and began writing his majestic Science and Civilisation in China, describing the country's long and astonishing history of invention and technology. Perhaps one should blame the editor - though the latter could be a deliberate stylistic choice.

The epilogue is troubling in a different way. Add to basket Add to wishlist Description In sumptuous and illuminating detail, Simon Winchester, the bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman "Elegant and scrupulous"--New York Times Book Review and Krakatoa "A mesmerizing page-turner"--Time brings to life the extraordinary story of Joseph Needham, the brilliant Cambridge scientist who unlocked the most closely held secrets of China, long the world's most technologically advanced country.

Needham also tended to see Chinese footprints in every aspect of modernity, but he is not so easily dismissed. How would you check it anyway? He lived a life of grand adventure in wartime China, and Winchester presents its dangers and pleasures with panache. And it helps that Needham was quite the charcter, too: a gymnosophist nudistvery religious but also extremely left-wing, and someone who apparently couldn't pass up the chance to flirt and bed the ladies whenever possible which his wife didn't seem to mind.Mar 17,  · By the time he died, he had produced, essentially single-handedly, seventeen immense volumes, marking him as the greatest one-man encyclopedist ever.

Both epic and intimate, The Man Who Loved China tells the sweeping story of China through Needham's remarkable life. Here is an unforgettable tale of what makes men, nations, and, indeed, mankind.

Before Needham, China was thought to be "backward, cruel, rigid," as well as ignorant and poverty-stricken. Needham's observations and subsequent documentation of China's technological achievements forced the West to consider China in a new light.

Most of The Man Who Loved China is straight-forward biography. Needham's history is explored in.

The man who discovered China

The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom by Simon Winchester. In sumptuous and illuminating detail, Simon Winchester, the bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman ("Elegant and scrupulous"— New York Times Book Review) and Krakatoa ("A mesmerizing page.May 01,  · The Man Who Loved China audiobook, by Simon Winchester In sumptuous and pdf detail Simon Pdf chronicles the extraordinary story of Joseph Needham, the brilliant Cambridge scientist who turned his eccentric genius on the study of China.

In Joseph Needham fell in love with a visiting Chinese student.

The Man Who Loved China

He soon became fascinated by 3/5.The Man Who Loved China. ("Elegant and scrupulous"—New York Times Book Review) and Krakatoa ("A mesmerizing page-turner"—Time) brings to life the extraordinary story of Joseph Needham, the brilliant Cambridge scientist who unlocked the most closely held secrets of China, long the world's most technologically advanced country.Book Summary.

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