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Science and Civilsation in China, Volume 6: Biology and Biological Technology, Part 4: Traditional Botany: An Ethnobotanical Approach

Offers a comprehensive and authoritative account of ancient botanical knowledge in China
Proposes a new, non-teleological, view of knowledge about the plant world in Ancient China
Draws from a number of original Chinese texts, which have been translated for the first time

Series: Science and Civilisation in China Volume: 6/4

By: Georges Métailié (Author), Joseph Needham (Editor), Janet Lloyd (Translated by)

748 pages, 234 b/w illustrations, 16 tables

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Sep 2015 | #224775 | ISBN-13: 9781107109872
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Science and Civilsation in China, Volume 6: Biology and Biological Technology, Part 4: Traditional Botany: An Ethnobotanical Approach offers a comprehensive and authoritative account of botanical knowledge in China from ancient times to the end of the seventeenth century. In this highly illustrated study, Georges Metailie explores the perception and use of a wealth of plants and vegetation in China before the introduction of modern botany. Drawing from a number of original Chinese texts, which have been translated for the first time, Metailie gives new insights into a variety of aspects of plant knowledge in ancient China.

Chapters are devoted to traditional botany and sources of classification, aquatic plants, fungi, horticultural techniques, fruit production, grafting and the influences of ancient Chinese plant culture on Europe. Part 4, Traditional Botany: an Ethnobotanical Approach combines technical expertise in the identification of plants with historical and anthropological sensitivity to propose a new, non-teleological view of scientific knowledge about the botanical world in ancient China.


Contents

List of abbreviations
Series editor's preface
Author's note

1. Sources of traditional botany and the various classifications
2. The description and illustration of plants
3. Knowledge of plant life
4. Horticulture and its techniques
5. Plants and botanical exchanges. The Chinese contribution to the rest of the world
6. Conclusion

Bibliographies
Index


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Biography

Georges Métailié is Emeritus Director of Research at the National Centre for Scientific Research, and member of the Centre Alexandre Koyre, Paris, France. Beginning with the study of ancient Chinese botanical knowledge, he is now mainly working on the comparative study of the history of knowledge about plants and animals in China and Japan since the sixteenth century. For more than twenty years, he has been lecturing at the National Museum for Natural History in Paris in the field of ethnobotany. He is an honorary fellow of the Needham Research Institute, Cambridge, UK, a foreign member of the Washington Academy of Sciences, USA, and received, in 2006, with Francine Fevre, the Auguste Chevalier Award of the Academie des Sciences in Paris, France.

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