Book Series De Diversis Artibus , vol. 51 (N.S. 14)

Science and Technology in East Asia. The Legacy of Joseph Needham

Proceedings of the XXth International Congress of History of Science (Liège, 20-26 July 1997) Vol. IX

A. Arrault, C. Jami (eds)

  • Pages: 154 p.
  • Size:155 x 240 mm
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2001


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Summary

The 20th International Congress of History of Science (Liège, July 1997) was the first to be held after Joseph Needham (1900-1995) passed away. During the Congress the symposium entitled “Global history of science” was dedicated to this scholar usually recognised as the founder of the study of East Asian science. The symposium aimed at highlighting the significance of his research, which has influenced historians of science in their study of all civili-sations. The papers presented there and included in this volume focus on various historiographical and methodo-logical issues raised by Needham’s work and on questions which he has opened to investigation. These issues and questions are relevant not only to the history of East Asian science and technology, but also to the history of science at large, once one envisions it in a global perspective. This volume is rounded off by four further papers that are repre-sentative of current research in the history of East Asian science.