2011-09-12 Eastern “Science” in the Chinese Middle Kingdom

2011-09-12 Eastern “Science” in the Chinese Middle Kingdom

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Unformatted text preview: Eastern “Science” in the Chinese Middle Kingdom History 108 Prof. November September 12, 2011 Zheng He (Cheng Ho) • 1371-1435 (Ming Dynasty) • 7 Voyages (1405 to 1433) – Explored South Pacific, Indian Ocean, East Africa, Persian Gulf, Red Sea • Fleet: 200-300 ships; Crew: 20,000+ • No follow-up China: The Center That Was • China has been the most advanced nation, technologically and scientifically for most of recorded history • China was surpassed by Europe only during the Renaissance (13 th and 14 th Centuries) China, Islam, and the West • China was not isolated • Silk Road as conduit of knowledge • Goods and people flowed into and out of China – Ideas seem to have flowed out but not in Su Song • 1020-1101 (Song Dynasty) • Polymath – Astronomy, natural philosophy, medicine, engineering • “Scholar-Official” – Answered to emperor; Astronomical Bureau part of government Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) • Traditional Chinese Medicine – Norm in East Asia...
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