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The Man Who Loved China

Joseph Needham and the Making of A Masterpiece

Winchester, Simon

(Book - 2008)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Man Who Loved China
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The "New York Times"-bestselling author of "The Professor and the Madman" and "Krakatoa" returns with the remarkable story of the growth of a great nation, and the eccentric and adventurous scientist who defined its essence for the world.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins Publishers, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0060884592
9780060884598
Characteristics: xi, 316 p. :,ill., maps ;,24 cm

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Jun 22, 2013
  • WVMLBookClubTitles rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

In this fascinating biography, Winchester brings to life Joseph Needham, the brilliant and eccentric Cambridge scientist who brought to light China’s historic achievements and innovations during a time when the West regarded China as hopelessly backward. Winchester touches lightly on these innovations, but prefers to concentrate on the colourful life of Needham who, along with being a nudist and communist, had a lifelong affair with the Chinese graduate student who sparked his love for China in the first place.

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