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By Yongxiang Lu

A historical past of chinese language technological know-how and Technology (Volumes 1, 2 & three) offers forty four person lectures, starting with old chinese language technological know-how and expertise within the strategy of Human Civilizations and an summary of chinese language technological know-how and know-how, and carrying on with with in-depth discussions of a number of matters within the historical past of technological know-how and the Needham Puzzle, interspersed with issues on Astronomy, mathematics, Agriculture and drugs, The 4 nice innovations, and numerous technological parts heavily regarding garments, nutrients, take care of and transportation.
This publication is the main authoritative paintings at the historical past of chinese language technology and know-how. it's the Winner of the China ebook Award, the Shanghai booklet Award (1st prize), and the Classical China foreign Publishing venture (GAPP, normal management of Press and booklet of China) and provides a vital source for tutorial researchers and non-experts alike.

It originated with a chain of forty four lectures awarded to most sensible chinese language leaders, which got very confident suggestions. Written by way of most sensible chinese language students of their respective fields from the Institute for the background of common Sciences, chinese language Academy of Sciences and lots of different revered chinese language firms, the ebook is meant for scientists, researchers and postgraduate scholars operating within the heritage of technological know-how, philosophy of technology and expertise, and comparable disciplines. Yongxiang Lu is a professor, former president and member of the chinese language Academy of Sciences (CAS) and chinese language Academy of Engineering (CAE), and vp of the nationwide Congress of China.

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Without clarifying this point, we cannot understand why the descriptions of the meridian system in traditional Chinese medicine classics, obviously refer to the blood vessels, yet fail to fully accord with blood vessels. Fourthly, we must know the meridian theory is a complex. Therefore, even if one day modern science succeeds in ascertaining the essence of the phenomena of the meridian, it could never fully explain the entire system. For example, the physicians from the era of “The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine” were aware that there was a particular connection between the tender points on the two sides of the spine and the ailments of horizontally positioned organs.

In The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, the yin–yang theory was used more for describing the abstract concept of opposition and balance between yin and yang. Such a doctrine is in fact essentially different from that of the above-mentioned traditional yin–yang theory. The concept of yin and yang includes a facet of the integration of yin and yang constituting the ontology of the universe on the one hand, and a facet of emphasis on the different “phenomena” resulting from difference between yin and yang in property on the other Medicine 21 hand.

When orientations are involved, the center belongs to earth, the left or the east to liver and wood, and the right or the west to lung and metal. Therefore, “rosacea” indicates spleen dampness and stomach heat. The change of color in the left zygomatic indicates changed liver conditions and that in the right zygomatic indicates changed lung conditions. In addition, there is an important principle in observing complexions, that is, “luster” is more important than the “color”—luster is enough, regardless of the color, and lack of luster mostly denotes diseases.

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