Beyond Joseph Needham: Science, Technology, and Medicine in East and South East Asia

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Devoted to the history of non-Western science, technology, and medicine, this path-breaking volume goes beyond the legacy of the late historian of Chinese science, Joseph Needham, by covering an unprecedented range of countries and by adopting new approaches. The seventeen chapters address topics in China, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand. However, the contributors do not view the histories of these countries in isolation. Many adopt a cross-cultural approach by tracing interaction with other Asian countries and the West. The volume begins with four chapters that provide a "big picture" overview of science and civilization in Asia. These are followed by more focused essays, which deal with aspects of science, technology, and medicine in specific countries.

Specialist and non-specialist readers alike will leave this volume with a strong sense of the political and economic imperatives behind knowledge systems in Eastern Asia, their cultural contexts, and how they have coexisted along with those in the West.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226000909
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press Journals
  • Publication date: 7/28/1998
  • Series: Osiris Series, #13
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 6.96 (w) x 10.24 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Table of Contents

Morris F. Low: Beyond Joseph Needham: Science, Technology, and Medicine in East and Southeast Asia
THE BIG PICTUREFrancesca Bray: Technics and Civilization in Late Imperial China: An Essay in the Cultural History of Technology
Lewis Pyenson: Assimilation and Innovation in Indonesian Science
Yung Sik Kim: Problems and Possibilities in the Study of the History of Korean Science
Ian Hodges: Western Science in Siam: A Tale of Two Kings
TECHNOLOGY TRANSFERGraeme J. N. Gooday and Morris F. Low: Technology Transfer and Cultural Exchange: Western Scientists and Engineers Encounter Late Tokugawa and Meiji Japan
Steven J. Ericson: Importing Locomotives in Meiji Japan: International Business and Technology Transfer in the Railroad Industry
Kim Dong-Won and Stuart W. Leslie: Winning Markets or Winning Nobel Prizes? KAIST and the Challenges of Late Industrialization
Peter Neushul and Lawrence Badash: Harvesting the Pacific: The Blue Revolution in China and the Philippines
POLITICS, POLICY, AND DECISION MAKINGMark Elvin: Who Was Responsible for the Weather? Moral Meteorology in Late Imperial China
James R. Bartholomew: Japanese Nobel Candidates in the First Half of the Twentieth Century
UNDERSTANDING THE BODYTJ Hinrichs: New Geographies of Chinese Medicine
Chin Hsien-yu: Colonial Medical Police and Postcolonial Medical Surveillance Systems in Taiwan, 1895-1950s
Scott Bamber: Medicine, Food, and Poison in Traditional Thai Healing
Tessa Morris-Suzuki: Debating Racial Science in Wartime Japan
M. Susan Lindee: The Repatriation of Atomic Bomb Victim Body Parts to Japan: Natural Objects and Diplomacy
Margaret Lock: Deadly Disputes: Hybrid Selves and the Calculation of Deathin Japan and North America

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