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Read online The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom In illuminating detail Winchester bestselling author of em The Professor amp the Madman em Elegant amp scrupulous em NY Times Book Review em amp em Krakatoa em A mesmerizing page turner em Time em tells the story of Joseph Needham the Cambridge scientist who unlocked the most closely held secrets of China long the world s most technologically advanced country No cloistered don this tall married Englishman was a freethinking intellectual A nudist he was devoted to quirky folk dancing In while working as a biochemist at Cambridge he fell in love with a visiting Chinese student with whom he began a lifelong affair His mistress persuaded him to travel to her home country where he embarked on a series of expeditions to the frontiers of the ancient empire He searched for evidence to bolster a conviction that the Chinese were responsible for hundreds of humankind s most familiar innovations including printing the compass explosives suspension bridges even toilet paper often centuries before others His journeys took him across war torn China consolidating his admiration for the Chinese After the war he determined to announce what he d discovered amp began writing em Science amp Civilisation in China em describing the country s long history of invention amp technology By the time he died he d produced almost single handedly volumes making him the greatest one man encyclopedist ever Epic amp intimate em The Man Who Loved China em tells the sweeping story of China thru Needham s life Here s a tale of what makes men nations amp humankind great related by one of the world s best storytellers Prologue The barbarian amp the celestial .

inging fuel in snowy weather The discovering of China The rewards of restlessness The making of his masterpiece Persona non grata the certain fall from grace The passage to the gate by Simon Winchester

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The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom
Title:The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom
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Number of Pages:328
Category:History, Non fiction, China, Biography, Science, Asia, Travel
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Rising in the mountains of the Tibetan border the Yangtze River the symbolic heart of China pierces miles of rugged country before debouching into the oily swells of the East China Sea Connecting China s heartland cities with the volatile coastal giant Shanghai it has also historically connected China to the outside world through its nearly one thousand miles of navigable waters To travel those waters is to travel back in history to sense the soul of China and Simon Winchester takes us along with him as he encounters the essence of China its history and politics its geography and climate as well as engage in its culture and its people in remote and almost inaccessible places This is travel writing at its best lively informative and thoroughly enchanting br, b The acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of Atlantic delivers his first book about America a fascinating look at the men whose efforts and achievements helped unify the States and create one cohesive nation b br br History is rarely as charming and entertaining as when it s told by Simon Winchester New York Times Book Review br br For more than two centuries E pluribus unum Out of many one has been featured on America s official government seals and stamped on its currency But how did America become one nation indivisible What unified a growing number of disparate states into the modern country we recognize today In this monumental history Simon Winchester addresses these questions bringing together the breathtaking achievements that helped forge and unify America and the pioneers who have toiled fearlessly to discover connect and bond the citizens and geography of the U S A from its beginnings br br Winchester follows in the footsteps of America s most essential explorers thinkers and innovators including Lewis and Clark and their Corps of Discovery Expedition to the Pacific Coast the builders of the first transcontinental telegraph and the powerful civil engineer behind the Interstate Highway System He treks vast swaths of territory from Pittsburgh to Portland Rochester to San Francisco Truckee to Laramie Seattle to Anchorage introducing these fascinating men and others some familiar some forgotten some hardly known who played a pivotal role in creating today s United States Throughout he ponders whether the historic work of uniting the States has succeeded and to what degree br br Featuring illustrations throughout the text The Men Who United the States is a fresh lively and erudite look at the way in which the most powerful nation on earth came together from one of our most entertaining probing and insightful observers, From the best selling author of The Professor and the Madman The Map That Changed the World and Krakatoa comes a truly wonderful celebration of the English language and of its unrivaled treasure house the Oxford English Dictionary br Writing with marvelous brio Winchester first serves up a lightning history of the English language so vast so sprawling so wonderfully unwieldy and pays homage to the great dictionary makers from the irredeemably famous Samuel Johnson to the short pale smug and boastful schoolmaster from New Hartford Noah Webster He then turns his unmatched talent for story telling to the making of this most venerable of dictionaries In this fast paced narrative the reader will discover lively portraits of such key figures as the brilliant but tubercular first editor Herbert Coleridge grandson of the poet the colorful boisterous Frederick Furnivall who left the project in a shambles and James Augustus Henry Murray who spent a half century bringing the project to fruition Winchester lovingly describes the nuts and bolts of dictionary making how unexpectedly tricky the dictionary entry for marzipan was or how fraternity turned out so much longer and monkey so much more ancient than anticipated and how bondmaid was left out completely its slips found lurking under a pile of books long after the B volume had gone to press We visit the ugly corrugated iron structure that Murray grandly dubbed the Scriptorium the Scrippy or the Shed as locals called it and meet some of the legion of volunteers from Fitzedward Hall a bitter hermit obsessively devoted to the OED to W C Minor whose story is one of dangerous madness ineluctable sadness and ultimate redemption br The Meaning of Everything is a scintillating account of the creation of the greatest monument ever erected to a living language Simon Winchester s supple vigorous prose illuminates this dauntingly ambitious project a seventy year odyssey to create the grandfather of all word books the world s unrivalled uber dictionary, Variably genial cautionary lyrical admonitory terrifying horrifying and inspiring A lifetime of thought travel reading imagination and memory inform this affecting account em Kirkus Reviews em starred review br br Blending history and anecdote geography and reminiscence science and exposition em New York Times em bestselling author Simon Winchester 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