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天工開物   By: (1587-)

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天工開物 by Yingxing Song is a comprehensive and fascinating exploration of various crafts and technologies from ancient China. The author delves into a wide range of topics, from metalworking and pottery to agriculture and medicine, providing detailed descriptions and illustrations that bring these ancient practices to life.

One of the standout features of this book is the author's deep knowledge and passion for the subject matter. Yingxing Song's enthusiasm for these ancient crafts shines through in his writing, making the book engaging and educational for readers of all backgrounds.

Additionally, the inclusion of detailed illustrations and diagrams adds another dimension to the text, allowing readers to better understand the intricate processes involved in each craft. This visual element enhances the overall reading experience and helps to bring the ancient technologies to life.

Overall,天工開物 is a must-read for anyone interested in ancient Chinese history, technology, or craftsmanship. The book offers a unique glimpse into the ingenuity and creativity of ancient Chinese artisans, making it a valuable resource for readers of all ages.

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天覆地載,物數號萬,而事亦因之曲成而不遺,豈人力也哉!事物而既萬矣, 必待口授目成而後識之,其與幾何?萬事萬物之中,其無益生人與有益者各載其 半。世有聰明博物者,稠人推焉。乃棗梨之花未賞,而臆度楚萍;釜之範鮮經,而侈談莒 鼎。畫工好圖鬼魅而惡犬馬,即鄭僑、晉華,豈足為烈哉!

幸生聖明極盛之世,滇南車馬縱貫遼陽,嶺徼宦商衡游薊北。為方萬里中,何事何物不可見見聞。基為士而生東晉之初、南宋之季,其視燕、秦、晉、豫方物已成夷產,從互市而得裘帽,何殊æ... Continue reading book >>

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