Science and Civilisation in China: Volume 5, Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Part 4, Spagyrical Discovery and Invention: Apparatus, Theories and Gifts

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 25, 1980 - Science - 804 pages
The fifth volume of Dr Needham's immense undertaking, like the fourth, is subdivided into parts for ease of assimilation and presentation, each part bound and published separately. The volume as a whole covers the subjects of alchemy, early chemistry, and chemical technology (which includes military invention, especially gunpowder and rockets; paper and printing; textiles; mining and metallurgy; the salt industry; and ceramics).
 

Contents

List of Illustrations
xiii
List of Tables
xxiii
Acknowledgements
xxix
ALCHEMY AND CHEMISTRY continued
1
3 The reactionvessels ting tripod container cauldron and kuei box
16
4 The sealed reactionvessels shen shih aludel lit magical reaction
22
6 Sublimation apparatus p
44
7 Distillation and extraction apparatus p
55
h The theoretical background of elixir alchemy with Nathan Sivin p
210
2 The spectrum of alchemy p
220
4 The alchemist as accelerator of cosmic process p
242
5 Cosmic correspondences embodied in apparatus p
279
6 Protochemical anticipations p
298
i Comparative macrobiotics p
323
BIBLIOGRAPHIES
510
GENERAL INDEX
693

8 The coming of Ardent Water p
121
9 Laboratory instruments and accessory equipment p
162
g Reactions in aqueous medium p
167
Table of Chinese Dynasties
761
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