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A bibliographical study of western publications (1800-1985) on traditional Chinese science

Lee, Carmen; (1996) A bibliographical study of western publications (1800-1985) on traditional Chinese science. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

This bibliographical study is designed to: (i) identify Western- language works published between 1800 and 1985 that deal specifically with traditional Chinese science and are written by those best described as representatives or members of academic, scholarly, professional, and similar communities from a West European country, America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand; (ii) provide a profile of these Western contributions through a systematic description of the works and the study trends that they demonstrate; (iii) review bibliographic access to and control of these publications; (iv) organise this body of material into a classified bibliography. There are two parts to this bibliographical study. PART I is the main text or literature survey. It consists of ten chapters: 1. Introduction; 2. Traditional Chinese Science - General Works; 3. Traditional Chinese Science - Fundamental Concepts; Philosophy; Social and Cultural Relations; 4. Mathematics; 5. Astronomy; 6. Earth Sciences; 7. Physics; 8. Alchemy; Early Chemistry; 9. Biology; 10. Conclusion. The eight subject chapters outline titles concerned in a roughly chronological order starting with the earliest works, and give an indication of the shapes and contours Western interests in the areas had assumed. Additionally, they review the level of activity of various countries and the professional training and specialisations of those responsible for the studies, address the forms which these publications have taken, and examine bibliographic provision and control. PART II is made up of two classified bibliographies. The first contains all the works covered by the main survey; the second is a supplementary bibliography of other titles relevant to the subject. The study is meant to be of interest to scholars, students and librarians with or without prior knowledge of traditional Chinese science. It is also hoped that the broad overview will persuade those in the field to pay closer attention to historiographical issues and bibliographic concerns.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: A bibliographical study of western publications (1800-1985) on traditional Chinese science
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest.
Keywords: Health and environmental sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10097424
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