In sumptuous and illuminating detail Simon Winchester chronicles the extraordinary story of Joseph Needham, the brilliant Cambridge scientist who turned his eccentric genius on the study of China. In 1937 Joseph Needham fell in love with a visiting Chinese student. He soon became fascinated by China, and his mistress persuaded him to travel to ...Read MoreIn sumptuous and illuminating detail Simon Winchester chronicles the extraordinary story of Joseph Needham, the brilliant Cambridge scientist who turned his eccentric genius on the study of China. In 1937 Joseph Needham fell in love with a visiting Chinese student. He soon became fascinated by China, and his mistress persuaded him to travel to her home country. Thus began his undying passion for the world's most populous nation. Needham tackled one of the great, unanswered historical questions: Why did a nation that had invented so much and had enjoyed 5,000 years of flourishing civilization, fail to undergo an industrial revolution, and instead spend so many modern years mired in poverty and racked by instability and revolution? By the time he died, Needham had produced seventeen immense volumes on China, marking him as the greatest one-man encyclopaedist ever. Both epic and intimate, "The Man Who Loved China" tells the sweeping history of China through Needham's remarkable life. Here is an unforgettable tale by one of the world's inimitable storytellers.Read Less
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Winchester's writing style is dynamic and pulls your eyes along the pages. I always intend to put his books down and do something useful, but can't. This book has great descriptions, not just of Needham's travels through China, but of his plush life in England as well.
Jul 31, 2008
Simon the Splendid
Simon Winchester has done it again. This is another of his beautifully written books on a wide variety of otherwise poorly-covered subjects. His writing style is addictive and his choice of subjects unique. I'm busy sourcing previous books which I have not yet read. I can't ay enough positive things about this particular volume except...GO AND BUY IT!
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