Joseph Needham: Polymath

Joseph Needham (1900-1995), the British medical scientist and historical expert on Chinese science, was a remarkable person. His multi-volume “Science and Civilisation in Science” put forward provocative views about the primacy of the Chinese in invention, preceding the West in many areas. He also tried to bridge the gap between science and religion. I will try to cover some of these controversies in later posts.

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