The Man Who Loved China

The Man Who Loved China

The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom

Streaming Audiobook - 2008
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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 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.
Publisher: [United States] : Harper Collins Publishers : Made available through hoopla, 2008.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780061688102
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (9hr., 13 min.)) : digital.
Additional Contributors: Winchester, Simon
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Dec 15, 2017

There is much to find out about this world, and the individuals who populate it that make it more compelling. Joseph Needham is one of those people. Simon Winchester's reading of this book did a wonderful job of bringing this man and his world to life.

There are many individuals who seek to find out as much as they can about certain things. There has to be a certain zeal for life that propels this kind of search. This is the true adventurer who is able to fill his days with these discoveries. The inclusiveness of Needham's approach to his understanding of China is to be admired.

Nov 04, 2017

A terrific biography of a fascinating man with a fascinating - and fascinated - mind, excellently read by the author. I had once noticed the great work (Science and Civilization In China) was held by the library (HPL), but now is not, but it certainly catapulted to my (ever expanding) must read list entirely because of this of this biography.
I can imagine an over-precocious fifteen year old rebutting a teacher 'but Joseph Needham smoked and drank and danced and went with a lot of girls and he accomplished great things' after reading (or listening) to this book.

Jul 08, 2016

This author has far-reaching talents of research on subjects that seem to capture his interest. Sometimes he's sarcastic,cynical, stuffy in a posh sort of manner (likely due to his education & accent) and yet I'm always hooked by his writing. A bit like Bill Bryson in random trivia forays when one subject veers into another - rather ADD in interests. I've learned some obscure facts, no one will ever ask me about & will be forever stuck in the gray matter folds, yet I find him fascinating. First & probably my favorite book, The Professor & the Madman, on how the OED came together in early 1900's.


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