In the course of a three-year, 100, 000 mile journey—from the chill of the antarctic to the blue seas of the Caribbean, from the South of Spain and the tip of China to the utterly remote specks in the middle of gale-swept oceans—he discovered such romance and depravity, opulence and despair tht he was inspired to write what may be the last contemporary account of the British empire.
The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom P.S.HarperCollins e-books #ad - His thrilling and dangerous journeys, took him across war-torn China to far-flung outposts, vividly recreated by Winchester, consolidating his deep admiration for the Chinese people. After the war, needham was determined to tell the world what he had discovered, and began writing his majestic Science and Civilisation in China, describing the country's long and astonishing history of invention and technology.
. Here is an unforgettable tale of what makes men, and, indeed, nations, mankind itself great—related by one of the world's inimitable storytellers. By the time he died, he had produced, seventeen immense volumes, essentially single-handedly, marking him as the greatest one-man encyclopedist ever. Both epic and intimate, the man Who Loved China tells the sweeping story of China through Needham's remarkable life.
He searched everywhere for evidence to bolster his conviction that the Chinese were responsible for hundreds of mankind's most familiar innovations—including printing, the compass, explosives, suspension bridges, even toilet paper—often centuries before the rest of the world. In sumptuous and illuminating detail, simon winchester, the brilliant cambridge scientist who unlocked the most closely held secrets of China, the bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman "Elegant and scrupulous"—New York Times Book Review and Krakatoa "A mesmerizing page-turner"—Time brings to life the extraordinary story of Joseph Needham, long the world's most technologically advanced country.
The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom P.S. #ad - No cloistered don, married englishman was a freethinking intellectual, this tall, who practiced nudism and was devoted to a quirky brand of folk dancing. In 1937, he instantly fell in love with a visiting Chinese student, while working as a biochemist at Cambridge University, with whom he began a lifelong affair.
He soon became fascinated with china, and his mistress swiftly persuaded the ever-enthusiastic Needham to travel to her home country, where he embarked on a series of extraordinary expeditions to the farthest frontiers of this ancient empire.
Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's SuperpowersHarper #ad - His journey encompasses a trip down the Alaska Highway, a stop at the isolated Pitcairn Islands, a trek across South Korea and a glimpse of its mysterious northern neighbor. Winchester’s personal experience is vast and his storytelling second to none. Its geological history has long transformed us—tremendous earthquakes, volcanoes, from a Western perspective, and tsunamis—but its human history, is quite young, beginning with Magellan’s sixteenth-century circumnavigation.
He observes the fall of a dictator in Manila, and is jailed in Tierra del Fuego, visits aboriginals in northern Queensland, the land at the end of the world. It is a natural wonder whose most fascinating history is currently being made. In telling the story of the pacific, simon winchester takes us from the Bering Strait to Cape Horn, the Yangtze River to the Panama Canal, and to the many small islands and archipelagos that lie in between.
And his historical understanding of the region is formidable, making Pacific a paean to this magnificent sea of beauty, myth, and imagination that is transforming our lives. One of library journal’s 10 best books of 2015following his acclaimed atlantic and The Men Who United the States, New York Times bestselling author Simon Winchester offers an enthralling biography of the Pacific Ocean and its role in the modern world, exploring our relationship with this imposing force of nature.
Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers #ad - As the mediterranean shaped the classical world, and the Atlantic connected Europe to the New World, the Pacific Ocean defines our tomorrow. With china on the rise, are the american cities of the West coast, San Francisco, too, including Seattle, so, and the long cluster of towns down the Silicon Valley.
Today, the Pacific is ascendant.
A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906Harper Perennial #ad - Lasting little more than a minute, 000 buildings, toppled a total of 25, broke open gas mains, cut off electric power lines throughout the Bay area, the earthquake wrecked 490 blocks, and effectively destroyed the gold rush capital that had stood there for a half century. Perhaps more significant than the tremors and rumbling, which affected a swatch of California more than 200 miles long, were the fires that took over the city for three days, leaving chaos and horror in its wake.
Simon winchester has also fashioned an enthralling and informative informative look at the tumultuous subterranean world that produces earthquakes, the planet's most sudden and destructive force. In the early morning hours of april 18, san francisco and a string of towns to its north-northwest and the south-southeast were overcome by an enormous shaking that was compounded by the violent shocks of an earthquake, 1906, registering 8.
A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906 #ad - 25 on the Richter scale. It is also a fascinating exploration of a legendary event that changed the way we look at the planet on which we live. The quake resulted from a rupture in a part of the San Andreas fault, which lies underneath the earth's surface along the northern coast of California. The international bestselling author of the professor and the Madman and Krakatoa vividly brings to life the 1906San Francisco Earthquake that leveled a city symbolic of America's relentless western expansion.
It was perhaps the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States. Simon winchester brings his inimitable storytelling abilities -- as well as his unique understanding of geology -- to this extraordinary event, exploring not only what happened in northern California in 1906 but what we have learned since about the geological underpinnings that caused the earthquake in the first place.
Korea: A Walk Through the Land of MiraclesHarperCollins e-books #ad - In the late 1980s, new york times bestselling author simon winchester set out on foot to discover the Republic of Korea - from its southern tip to the North Korean border - in order to set the record straight about this enigmatic and elusive land. Fascinating for its vivid presentation of historical and geographic detail, Korea is that rare book that actually defines a nation and its people.
Korea: A Walk Through the Land of Miracles #ad - . Winchester's gift for capturing engaging characters in true, language, compelling stories provides us with a treasury of enchanting and informed insight on the culture, history, and politics of this little-known corner of Asia. With a new introduction by the author, Korea is a beautiful journey through a mysterious country and a memorable addition to the many adventures of Simon Winchester.
Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms,and a Vast Ocean of a Million StoriesHarperCollins e-books #ad - A gifted storyteller and consummate historian, Winchester sets the great blue sea's epic narrative against the backdrop of mankind's intellectual evolution, telling not only the story of an ocean, but the story of civilization. Variably genial, cautionary, terrifying, horrifying and inspiring…A lifetime of thought, reading, travel, admonitory, lyrical, imagination and memory inform this affecting account.
Kirkus reviews starred reviewblending history and anecdote, geography and reminiscence, science and exposition, New York Times bestselling author Simon Winchester tells the breathtaking saga of the Atlantic Ocean. Fans of winchester's krakatoa, the man who loved China, penetrating, and The Professor and the Madman will love this masterful, and resonant tale of humanity finding its way across the ocean of history.
The River at the Center of the World: A Journey Up the Yangtze, and Back in Chinese TimeHenry Holt and Co. #ad - Connecting china's heartland cities with the volatile coastal giant, Shanghai, it has also historically connected China to the outside world through its nearly one thousand miles of navigable waters. Rising in the mountains of the tibetan border, pierces 3, the Yangtze River, the symbolic heart of China, 900 miles of rugged country before debouching into the oily swells of the East China Sea.
The River at the Center of the World: A Journey Up the Yangtze, and Back in Chinese Time #ad - The river at the center of the World is travel writing at its best: lively, informative, and thoroughly enchanting. A stunning tour of China, its people, and its history. Chosen as one of the best travel books of 1996 by the New York Times Book Review. To travel those waters is to travel back in history, to sense the soul of China, its geography and climate as well as engage in its culture, and Simon Winchester takes us along with him as he encounters the essence of China--its history and politics, and its people in remote and almost inaccessible places.
The Men Who United the States: America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, IndivisibleHarper #ad - Featuring 32 illustrations throughout the text, The Men Who United the States is a fresh look at the way in which the most powerful nation on earth came together. Simon winchester, delivers his first book about america: a fascinating popular history that illuminates the men who toiled fearlessly to discover, connect, the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of Atlantic and The Professor and the Madman, and bond the citizenry and geography of the U.
S. A. He treks vast swaths of territory, seattle to anchorage, Rochester to San Francisco, from Pittsburgh to Portland, introducing the fascinating people who played a pivotal role in creating today’s United States. Throughout, he ponders whether the historic work of uniting the States has succeeded, and to what degree.
The Men Who United the States: America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible #ad - From its beginnings. How did america become “one nation, and innovators, thinkers, indivisible”? what unified a growing number of disparate states into the modern country we recognize today? To answer these questions, Winchester follows in the footsteps of America’s most essential explorers, such as Lewis and Clark and the leaders of the Great Surveys; the builders of the first transcontinental telegraph and the powerful civil engineer behind the Interstate Highway System.
Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883Harper Perennial #ad - The bestselling author of the professor and the madman and The Map That Changed the World examines the enduring and world-changing effects of the catastrophic eruption off the coast of Java of the earth's most dangerous volcano -- Krakatoa. The legendary annihilation in 1883 of the volcano-island of Krakatoa -- the name has since become a byword for a cataclysmic disaster -- was followed by an immense tsunami that killed nearly forty thousand people.
Bodies were washed up in Zanzibar. Most significant of all -- in view of today's new political climate -- the eruption helped to trigger in Java a wave of murderous anti-Western militancy among fundamentalist Muslims: one of the first outbreaks of Islamic-inspired killings anywhere. Simon winchester's long experience in the world wandering as well as his knowledge of history and geology give us an entirely new perspective on this fascinating and iconic event as he brings it telling back to life.
Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883 #ad - The effects of the immense waves were felt as far away as France. Beyond the purely physical horrors of an event that has only very recently been properly understood, the eruption changed the world in more ways than could possibly be imagined. Dust swirled round die planet for years, causing temperatures to plummet and sunsets to turn vivid with lurid and unsettling displays of light.
Barometers in Bogotá and Washington, D. C. Went haywire.
The Map That Changed the World: William Smith and the Birth of Modern GeologyHarperCollins e-books #ad - Smith spent twenty-two years piecing together the fragments of this unseen universe to create an epochal and remarkably beautiful hand-painted map. The map that changed the world is a very human tale of endurance and achievement, of one man's dedication in the face of ruin. But instead of receiving accolades and honors, he ended up in debtors' prison, the victim of plagiarism, and virtually homeless for ten years more.
In 1793, a canal digger named William Smith made a startling discovery. He found that by tracing the placement of fossils, for the first time ever, indeed, which he uncovered in his excavations, one could follow layers of rocks as they dipped and rose and fell—clear across England and, clear across the world—making it possible, to draw a chart of the hidden underside of the earth.
The Map That Changed the World: William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology #ad - With a keen eye and thoughtful detail, Simon Winchester unfolds the poignant sacrifice behind this world-changing discovery.
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English DictionaryHarperCollins e-books #ad - A new york times notable book • now a major motion picturethe professor and the Madman is an extraordinary tale of madness, genius, and the incredible obsessions of two remarkable men that led to the making of the Oxford English Dictionary—and literary history. The making of the OED was one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken.
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary #ad - Minor, an american civil War veteran, was also an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insane. Masterfully researched and eloquently written, The Professor and the Madman “is the linguistic detective story of the decade. William safire, New York Times MagazineThis P. S. As definitions were collected, led by Professor James Murray, was stunned to discover that one man, the overseeing committee, Dr.
C. W. Minor, had submitted more than ten thousand. For Dr. Edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more. But their surprise would pale in comparison to what they were about to discover when the committee insisted on honoring him.