This is Part 1 of the fourth volume (in 3 parts) of a massive, authoritative and comprehensive review of "the almost limitless caverns of Chinese scientific history" (from the Author's Note), and deals with physics and physical technology - this part dealing with the physical sciences specifically, while parts 2 & 3 deal with mechanical engineering and civil/hydraulic engineering respectively. Although presented in a scholarly fashion, the fascinating information is liberally illustrated with black & white photographs, and includes poetic and other quotations to 'leaven the lump' for the reader.
Noel Joseph Terence Montgomery Needham CH FRS FBA (1900-1995) was a British scientist, historian and sinologist known for his scientific research and writing on the history of Chinese science. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1941, and Fellow of the British Academy in 1971. In 1992, the Queen conferred on him the Companionship of Honour, and the Royal Society noted he was the only living person to hold these three titles simultaneously.
Wang Ling (1917/1918–1994) was a Chinese and Australian historian and educator known for his collaboration with Joseph Needham on the history of science and technology in China.
Kenneth Girdwood Robinson is described as 'B. Litt., Education Officer, Sarawak' on the title page, and evidently spent much of his life in the world of education in exotic foreign lands.
Our copy of the book is in excellent condition, showing only minimal signs of use externally. Bound in cloth decorated with a picture of the Taioist Genii in shades of grey on front and back, and with black cloth spine bearing the title, publisher's details etc in gilt lettering, it appears almost unused. Inside, it is similarly clean and unmarked, the binding is firm, and the whole is very pleasing to handle.