By Robert Temple, Joseph Needham

ISBN-10: 1594772177

ISBN-13: 9781594772177

Revised, full-color illustrated variation of the multi-award-winning, overseas bestseller that charts the exceptional and surprising success of old China • Brings to existence 100 chinese language “firsts” within the fields of agriculture, astronomy, engineering, arithmetic, drugs, track, expertise, and battle • in line with the definitive paintings of the world’s most renowned Sinologist, Joseph Needham (1900-1995), writer of technological know-how and Civilisation in China • geared up through box, invention, and discovery for ease of referenceUndisputed masters of invention and discovery for 3,000 years, the traditional chinese language have been the 1st to find the sun wind and the movement of the blood or even to isolate intercourse hormones. From the suspension bridge and the seismograph to deep drilling for ordinary fuel, the iron plough, and the parachute, old China’s contributions within the fields of engineering, medication, expertise, arithmetic, technology, transportation, battle, and song helped motivate the eu agricultural and business revolutions.Since its unique booklet, The Genius of China has gained 5 literary awards in the United States and been translated into forty three languages. Its chinese language version, The Spirit of chinese language Invention, was once authorized via the chinese language Ministry of schooling to be used in reference to the nationwide secondary curriculum in China. in accordance with the tremendous, authoritative scholarship of the past due Joseph Needham, the world’s most popular pupil of chinese language technology, and together with a foreword through him, this revised full-color illustrated variation brings to existence the spirit and pleasure of the extraordinary achievements of old China.

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38 In May 2010, The Economist reported that “the unprecedented prosperity enjoyed by most Greeks during the past decade . . ”39 By 2004, there were 368 cars for every 1,000 inhabitants in the country, virtually the same level as that of the West, whose per capita income was nearly twice as high. Mentioning “most Greeks” was certainly an exaggeration since the poverty level was relatively high, especially among the older generations and pensioners. About 22% of them have incomes below the poverty level.

758 trillion, which even the entire European Union would be unable to swallow. 191 trillion is held abroad, representing a tremendous financial risk. Towering Italian debt overshadowed the eurozone. Its amount was more than five times bigger than the Greek and alone became nearly three times higher than the Icelandic, Greek, and Irish debts combined. 5% compared to the summer of the same year. 1 billion in interest payments annually. The more than 6% interest rate was already dangerously high and rising.

Family indebtedness increased by 115% in a decade around the turn of the century. Speculation that pushed house prices up had the lion’s share of responsibility for this development. The real estate boom transformed the construction industry into one of the leading sectors of the economy. In advanced countries, construction’s contribution to GDP is about 6%. 3% by 2007. In a broader sense, nearly 20% of GDP was related to real estate and construction, and that sector employed one-sixth of the work force.

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