In sumptuous and illuminating detail, the bestselling author of the professor and the madman "Elegant and scrupulous"—New York Times Book Review and Krakatoa "A mesmerizing page-turner"—Time brings to life the extraordinary story of Joseph Needham, Simon Winchester, the brilliant Cambridge scientist who unlocked the most closely held secrets of China, long the world's most technologically advanced country.
No cloistered don, married englishman was a freethinking intellectual, this tall, who practiced nudism and was devoted to a quirky brand of folk dancing. By the time he died, he had produced, seventeen immense volumes, essentially single-handedly, marking him as the greatest one-man encyclopedist ever.
Both epic and intimate, the man Who Loved China tells the sweeping story of China through Needham's remarkable life. He searched everywhere for evidence to bolster his conviction that the Chinese were responsible for hundreds of mankind's most familiar innovations—including printing, the compass, explosives, suspension bridges, even toilet paper—often centuries before the rest of the world.
The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom P.S. #ad - Here is an unforgettable tale of what makes men, nations, and, indeed, mankind itself great—related by one of the world's inimitable storytellers. In 1937, while working as a biochemist at Cambridge University, he instantly fell in love with a visiting Chinese student, with whom he began a lifelong affair.
The River at the Center of the World: A Journey Up the Yangtze, and Back in Chinese TimeHenry Holt and Co. #ad - The river at the center of the World is travel writing at its best: lively, informative, and thoroughly enchanting. A stunning tour of China, its people, and its history. Rising in the mountains of the tibetan border, the Yangtze River, pierces 3, the symbolic heart of China, 900 miles of rugged country before debouching into the oily swells of the East China Sea.
To travel those waters is to travel back in history, and simon winchester takes us along with him as he encounters the essence of China--its history and politics, its geography and climate as well as engage in its culture, to sense the soul of China, and its people in remote and almost inaccessible places.
The River at the Center of the World: A Journey Up the Yangtze, and Back in Chinese Time #ad - Connecting china's heartland cities with the volatile coastal giant, Shanghai, it has also historically connected China to the outside world through its nearly one thousand miles of navigable waters. Chosen as one of the best travel books of 1996 by the New York Times Book Review.
Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's SuperpowersHarper #ad - And his historical understanding of the region is formidable, making Pacific a paean to this magnificent sea of beauty, myth, and imagination that is transforming our lives. He observes the fall of a dictator in Manila, visits aboriginals in northern Queensland, and is jailed in Tierra del Fuego, the land at the end of the world.
His journey encompasses a trip down the Alaska Highway, a stop at the isolated Pitcairn Islands, a trek across South Korea and a glimpse of its mysterious northern neighbor. Winchester’s personal experience is vast and his storytelling second to none. It is a natural wonder whose most fascinating history is currently being made.
Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers #ad - In telling the story of the pacific, the yangtze river to the Panama Canal, Simon Winchester takes us from the Bering Strait to Cape Horn, and to the many small islands and archipelagos that lie in between. One of library journal’s 10 best books of 2015following his acclaimed atlantic and The Men Who United the States, New York Times bestselling author Simon Winchester offers an enthralling biography of the Pacific Ocean and its role in the modern world, exploring our relationship with this imposing force of nature.
As the mediterranean shaped the classical world, and the Atlantic connected Europe to the New World, the Pacific Ocean defines our tomorrow. Its geological history has long transformed us—tremendous earthquakes, from a Western perspective, volcanoes, is quite young, and tsunamis—but its human history, beginning with Magellan’s sixteenth-century circumnavigation.
With china on the rise, too, are the american cities of the West coast, so, San Francisco, including Seattle, and the long cluster of towns down the Silicon Valley. Today, the Pacific is ascendant.
Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883Harper Perennial #ad - Beyond the purely physical horrors of an event that has only very recently been properly understood, the eruption changed the world in more ways than could possibly be imagined. Barometers in Bogotá and Washington, D. C. Went haywire. The sound of the island's destruction was heard in Australia and India and on islands thousands of miles away.
Bodies were washed up in Zanzibar. Most significant of all -- in view of today's new political climate -- the eruption helped to trigger in Java a wave of murderous anti-Western militancy among fundamentalist Muslims: one of the first outbreaks of Islamic-inspired killings anywhere. Simon winchester's long experience in the world wandering as well as his knowledge of history and geology give us an entirely new perspective on this fascinating and iconic event as he brings it telling back to life.
Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883 #ad - Dust swirled round die planet for years, causing temperatures to plummet and sunsets to turn vivid with lurid and unsettling displays of light. The bestselling author of the professor and the madman and The Map That Changed the World examines the enduring and world-changing effects of the catastrophic eruption off the coast of Java of the earth's most dangerous volcano -- Krakatoa.
The legendary annihilation in 1883 of the volcano-island of Krakatoa -- the name has since become a byword for a cataclysmic disaster -- was followed by an immense tsunami that killed nearly forty thousand people. The effects of the immense waves were felt as far away as France.
Korea: A Walk Through the Land of MiraclesHarperCollins e-books #ad - Winchester's gift for capturing engaging characters in true, compelling stories provides us with a treasury of enchanting and informed insight on the culture, history, language, and politics of this little-known corner of Asia. With a new introduction by the author, Korea is a beautiful journey through a mysterious country and a memorable addition to the many adventures of Simon Winchester.
. In the late 1980s, new york times bestselling author simon winchester set out on foot to discover the Republic of Korea - from its southern tip to the North Korean border - in order to set the record straight about this enigmatic and elusive land. Fascinating for its vivid presentation of historical and geographic detail, Korea is that rare book that actually defines a nation and its people.
A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906Harper Perennial #ad - The human tragedy included the deaths of upwards of 700 people, with more than 250, 000 left homeless. It was perhaps the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States. Simon winchester brings his inimitable storytelling abilities -- as well as his unique understanding of geology -- to this extraordinary event, exploring not only what happened in northern California in 1906 but what we have learned since about the geological underpinnings that caused the earthquake in the first place.
The international bestselling author of the professor and the Madman and Krakatoa vividly brings to life the 1906San Francisco Earthquake that leveled a city symbolic of America's relentless western expansion. The quake resulted from a rupture in a part of the San Andreas fault, which lies underneath the earth's surface along the northern coast of California.
A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906 #ad - It is also a fascinating exploration of a legendary event that changed the way we look at the planet on which we live. Simon winchester has also fashioned an enthralling and informative informative look at the tumultuous subterranean world that produces earthquakes, the planet's most sudden and destructive force.
In the early morning hours of april 18, san francisco and a string of towns to its north-northwest and the south-southeast were overcome by an enormous shaking that was compounded by the violent shocks of an earthquake, 1906, registering 8.25 on the Richter scale. But his achievement is even greater: he positions the quake's significance along the earth's geological timeline and shows the effect it had on the rest of twentieth-century California and American history.
A crack in the edge of the World is the definitive account of the San Francisco earthquake.
The Map That Changed the World: William Smith and the Birth of Modern GeologyHarperCollins e-books #ad - With a keen eye and thoughtful detail, Simon Winchester unfolds the poignant sacrifice behind this world-changing discovery. But instead of receiving accolades and honors, the victim of plagiarism, he ended up in debtors' prison, and virtually homeless for ten years more. The map that changed the world is a very human tale of endurance and achievement, of one man's dedication in the face of ruin.
In 1793, a canal digger named William Smith made a startling discovery. Smith spent twenty-two years piecing together the fragments of this unseen universe to create an epochal and remarkably beautiful hand-painted map. He found that by tracing the placement of fossils, indeed, clear across the world—making it possible, one could follow layers of rocks as they dipped and rose and fell—clear across England and, which he uncovered in his excavations, for the first time ever, to draw a chart of the hidden underside of the earth.
The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern WorldHarper #ad - At the dawn of the industrial revolution in eighteenth-century England, standards of measurement were established, giving way to the development of machine tools—machines that make machines. It was thomas jefferson who later exported their discoveries to the fledgling United States, setting the nation on its course to become a manufacturing titan.
Winchester moves forward through time, to today’s cutting-edge developments occurring around the world, from America to Western Europe to Asia. As he introduces the minds and methods that have changed the modern world, Winchester explores fundamental questions. The revered new york times bestselling author traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age to explore the single component crucial to advancement—precision—in a superb history that is both an homage and a warning for our future.
The rise of manufacturing could not have happened without an attention to precision. Why is precision important? what are the different tools we use to measure it? who has invented and perfected it? Has the pursuit of the ultra-precise in so many facets of human life blinded us to other things of equal value, art, and high culture? Are we missing something that reflects the world as it is, such as an appreciation for the age-old traditions of craftsmanship, rather than the world as we think we would wish it to be? And can the precise and the natural co-exist in society? .
The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World #ad - Eventually, including gene splicing, the application of precision tools and methods resulted in the creation and mass production of items from guns and glass to mirrors, lenses, microchips, and cameras—and eventually gave way to further breakthroughs, and the Hadron Collider. Simon winchester takes us back to origins of the industrial Age, to England where he introduces the scientific minds that helped usher in modern production: John Wilkinson, Jesse Ramsden, Henry Maudslay, Joseph Bramah, and Joseph Whitworth.
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English DictionaryHarperCollins e-books #ad - C. As definitions were collected, the overseeing committee, was stunned to discover that one man, led by Professor James Murray, Dr. But their surprise would pale in comparison to what they were about to discover when the committee insisted on honoring him. W. Minor, an american civil War veteran, was also an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insane.
Masterfully researched and eloquently written, The Professor and the Madman “is the linguistic detective story of the decade. William safire, New York Times MagazineThis P. S. For Dr. Edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more. A new york times notable book • now a major motion picturethe professor and the Madman is an extraordinary tale of madness, genius, and the incredible obsessions of two remarkable men that led to the making of the Oxford English Dictionary—and literary history.
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary #ad - The making of the OED was one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken. Minor, had submitted more than ten thousand.
The Men Who United the States: America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, IndivisibleHarper #ad - Featuring 32 illustrations throughout the text, The Men Who United the States is a fresh look at the way in which the most powerful nation on earth came together. Simon winchester, the acclaimed new york times bestselling author of Atlantic and The Professor and the Madman, connect, delivers his first book about America: a fascinating popular history that illuminates the men who toiled fearlessly to discover, and bond the citizenry and geography of the U.
S. A. He treks vast swaths of territory, from pittsburgh to Portland, Rochester to San Francisco, Seattle to Anchorage, introducing the fascinating people who played a pivotal role in creating today’s United States. Throughout, he ponders whether the historic work of uniting the States has succeeded, and to what degree.
The Men Who United the States: America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible #ad - From its beginnings. How did america become “one nation, and innovators, indivisible”? what unified a growing number of disparate states into the modern country we recognize today? To answer these questions, thinkers, Winchester follows in the footsteps of America’s most essential explorers, such as Lewis and Clark and the leaders of the Great Surveys; the builders of the first transcontinental telegraph and the powerful civil engineer behind the Interstate Highway System.
Outposts: Journeys to the Surviving Relics of the British EmpireHarperCollins e-books #ad - Written with winchester’s captivating style and breadth, here are conversations and anecdotes, myths and political analysis, scenery and history—a poignant and colorful record of the lingering beat of what was once the heart of the civilized world. The new york times bestselling author of krakatoa and the professor and the Madman takes readers on a quirky and charming tour of the last outpost of the British empire Originally published in 1985, Outposts is Simon Winchester’s journey to find the vanishing empire, “on which the sun never sets.
In the course of a three-year, from the south of spain and the tip of china to the utterly remote specks in the middle of gale-swept oceans—he discovered such romance and depravity, 000 mile journey—from the chill of the Antarctic to the blue seas of the Caribbean, 100, opulence and despair tht he was inspired to write what may be the last contemporary account of the British empire.