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The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom

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In sumptuous and illuminating detail Simon Winchester chronicles the extraordinary story of Joseph Needham, the brilliant Cambridge scientist who turned his eccentric genius on the study of China.

In 1937 Joseph Needham fell in love with a visiting Chinese student. He soon became fascinated by China, and his mistress persuaded him to travel to her home country. Thus began his undying passion for the worlds most populous nation.

Needham tackled one of the great, unanswered historical questions: Why did a nation that had invented so much and had enjoyed 5,000 years of flourishing civilization, fail to undergo an industrial revolution, and instead spend so many modern years mired in poverty and racked by instability and revolution? By the time he died, Needham had produced seventeen immense volumes on China, marking him as the greatest one-man encyclopaedist ever.

Both epic and intimate, The Man Who Loved China tells the sweeping history of China through Needham's remarkable life. Here is an unforgettable tale by one of the world's inimitable storytellers.

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"Simon Winchester's reading, like his clear, concise, graceful writing, reflects his endless fascination with his subject — the British scientist Joseph Needham — and with his subject's subject: Chinese scientists' every invention and contribution to every field of science over five centuries (before the West began to think of such things as the printing press and gunpowder). Winchester reads rapidly, but his diction is so precise (yet never stuffy) that not a word is lost. The vocal warmth and charm mirror his endless awe of Needham's lifetime work on his multivolume magnum opus on Chinese scientific thought. Winchester's tone reveals his delight with Needham's love affairs, his unconventional marriage and relation to his lifelong inamorata who first inspired his love of Chinese language, people and thought. As with every book he's written and narrated, Winchester makes abstruse subjects available and fascinating for every reader and listener. A Harper hardcover (Reviews, Mar. 10). (May)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Simon Winchester is the acclaimed author of many books, including The Professor and the Madman, Atlantic, The Man Who Loved China, A Crack in the Edge of the World, and Krakatoa. In 2006, Mr. Winchester was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty the Queen. He lives in western Massachusetts.

Simon Winchester is the acclaimed author of many books, including The Professor and the Madman, Atlantic, The Man Who Loved China, A Crack in the Edge of the World, and Krakatoa. In 2006, Mr. Winchester was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty the Queen. He lives in western Massachusetts.

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dhokenstad, October 16, 2008 (view all comments by dhokenstad)
this is an amazing story of a chinese scholar, who in the face of a barage of hysteria about communist china, managed to preserve the culture and history of their ancient civilizations . simon winchester, as usual, has created a readable and well researched book which brings the history of china alive for the reader. I enjoyed reading the story as well and appreciated his ability to organize the material into an understandable narrative about China.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061556272
Subtitle:
The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom" The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom"
Publisher:
HarperAudio
Read by:
Winchester, Simon
Read:
Winchester, Simon
Read:
Tbd
Author:
Wincheste
Author:
by Simon Winchester
Author:
Winchester, Simon
Author:
r, Simon
Subject:
Asia - China
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Scientists - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Science
Subject:
Audiobooks
Subject:
Scientists -- Great Britain.
Subject:
Biography-Scientists
Edition Description:
Audio
Publication Date:
20080506
Binding:
CD-audio
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 14.69 oz
Media Run Time:
540

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The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom
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Product details pages HarperAudio - English 9780061556272 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Simon Winchester's reading, like his clear, concise, graceful writing, reflects his endless fascination with his subject — the British scientist Joseph Needham — and with his subject's subject: Chinese scientists' every invention and contribution to every field of science over five centuries (before the West began to think of such things as the printing press and gunpowder). Winchester reads rapidly, but his diction is so precise (yet never stuffy) that not a word is lost. The vocal warmth and charm mirror his endless awe of Needham's lifetime work on his multivolume magnum opus on Chinese scientific thought. Winchester's tone reveals his delight with Needham's love affairs, his unconventional marriage and relation to his lifelong inamorata who first inspired his love of Chinese language, people and thought. As with every book he's written and narrated, Winchester makes abstruse subjects available and fascinating for every reader and listener. A Harper hardcover (Reviews, Mar. 10). (May)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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