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The Crafting of the 10,000 Things: Knowledge and Technology in Seventeenth-Century China

Dagmar Schafer


The last decades of the Ming dynasty, though plagued by chaos and destruction, saw a significant increase in publications that examined advances in knowledge and technology. Among the numerous guides and reference books that appeared during this period was a series of texts by Song Yingxing (1587–1666?), a minor local official living in southern China. His Tiangong kaiwu, the longest and most prominent of these works, documents the extraction and processing of raw materials and the manufacture of goods essential to everyday life, from yeast and wine to paper and ink to boats, carts, and firear ... More

Keywords: Ming dynasty, Song Yingxing, Tiangong kaiwu, China, knowledge, technology, technical writing, rationality, truth, belief

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780226735849
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226735856.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dagmar Schafer, author