By James Trefil
''So effortless to appreciate but so dense with wisdom that you will by no means examine waves on a seashore an analogous method again.''—San Francisco Chronicle
''One of the easiest renowned technology books.''—The Kansas urban Star
''Perfect for the weekend scientist.''—The Richmond News-Leader
A famous physicist and renowned technology author heads for the seashore to reply to universal and unusual questions about the sea. James S. Trefil, writer of Dover guides' The second of construction: great Bang Physics from ahead of the 1st Millisecond to the current Universe, explains why the ocean is salty, how bubbles shape at the water's floor, the place waves come from, and different curiosities of the marine global. Dr. Trefil attracts upon his specified reward for clarifying advanced medical ideas and the theories in the back of them to provide a story that's transparent, available, and totally compelling.
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A well-known example is the question of when medicine came to be widely considered a respectable livelihood for the oﬀspring of élite families. Nearly everyone who asked it has given a diﬀerent answer. We are told that this was a very gradual development, or that it never happened, or that it happened in one dynasty or another from the Sung on. The only systematic study, based on the rich documents of one Chiang-nan prefecture, proves that it happened there in the Yüan period. As Hymes put it, this was one result of ‘a permanent shift among elite families from exclusive concentration on the 60 Among many other sources, MacDonald (), Ramsey (), O’Boyle (), Loudon () and McKeown () deal with these issues.
65 Harper (), Sivin (c). 66 Epler (), Kuriyama (). g. I Kuang-jui (), Li Kêng-tung (), Tshai Ching-fêng (), Yü Yungmin () on the former topic and Chu Kho-wen et al. () on the latter. 68 On Africa, see Feierman (), Pryns (). 62 ’ Integration of intellectual and social history Benjamin Elman’s From Philosophy to Philology demonstrated in that it is possible to overcome the split between intellectual and social history, and that the rewards of doing so are rich.
Documentation of Chinese science and medicine have originated in China and Japan. The circumstances in which this work has been done diﬀer considerably from those I have outlined above. In , when Chhen Pang-hsien published the ﬁrst modern-style history of Chinese medicine, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Peking Union Medical College, one of the leading medical schools of the world, was being abandoned to the Japanese occupation. 47 Nor did modern medicine greatly inﬂuence Chhen’s book.