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By Daniel Patrick Morgan

ISBN-10: 1107139023

ISBN-13: 9781107139022

difficult monolithic glossy narratives approximately 'Chinese science', Daniel Patrick Morgan examines the astral sciences in China c.221 BCE–750 CE as a research within the disunities of medical cultures and the narratives through which ancients and moderns alike have fought to instil them with a feeling of cohesion. The publication makes a speciality of 4 unifying 'legends' stated through modern topics: the 1st , redolent of antiquity, are the 'observing of symptoms' and 'granting of seasons' by means of old sage kings; and the opposite , redolent of modernity, contain the pursuit of 'accuracy' and old 'accumulation' to this finish. Juxtaposing legend with the messy realities of perform, Morgan unearths how such narratives have been instructed, imagined, and re-imagined based on evolving tensions. He argues that, even if 'empiricism' and 'progress' are actual, we needs to reflect on the true results of such narratives as believed in and acted upon within the background of astronomy in China.

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