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We rely on technology to make our lives easier, faster, and better. Our buildings, machinery, vehicles, clothes metals, food, food medicine and weapons depend upon it. But many of the technologies we currently use have their origins in the distant past.
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Overview

We rely on technology to make our lives easier, faster, and better. Our buildings, machinery, vehicles, clothes metals, food, food medicine and weapons depend upon it. But many of the technologies we currently use have their origins in the distant past.
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Children's Literature - Amie Rose Rotruck
China has a long history of technological advances, going back 5,000 years. Many of its discoveries, such as smelting iron and making porcelain, were made far before any other civilization. In the field of architecture, the Chinese was were able to make bricks, roof support, and even dig caves that people still inhabit today. And, of course, there is the Great Wall of China, built in the 3rd century B.C. Irrigation technological developments and iron plows aided farmers. Chinese textiles are famous even today, with silk still being used for fancy clothes. In 100 B.C., the Chinese also invented paper similar to what we use today, and calligraphy is still an art practiced in modern times. Porcelain, bronze, and iron are all materials that the Chinese developed for various products. In the field of travel, the Chinese invented stirrups, the compass, and rudders. They were also very interested in measuring and keeping track of time. Chinese medical advances included acupuncture and herbal remedies, and military inventions included gunpowder. This very thorough and interesting work includes numerous color photographs, timelines and a glossary. Part of the "Technology in Times Past" series. Reviewer: Amie Rose Rotruck
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599202983
  • Publisher: Black Rabbit Books
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Series: Technology in Times Past Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 46
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

An Ancient Civilization 6

Building Homes 3

The Great Wall 10

Farming The Land 12

Textiles and Clothes 14

Shimmering Silk 16

From Pulp to Paper 18

The Printing Press 20

Pots and Porcelain 22

Working with Bronze 24

Working with Iron 26

Traveling on Land 28

The Compass 30

Traveling on Water 32

Tlmekeeeping 34

Traditional Chinese Medicine 36

Military Technology 38

Gunpowder 40

Chinese Time Line 42

Glossary 44

Further Reading & Web Sites 45

Index 46

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