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By Daniel Patrick Morgan

demanding monolithic smooth 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 clinical cultures and the narratives in which ancients and moderns alike have fought to instil them with a feeling of solidarity. The booklet specializes in 4 unifying 'legends' mentioned through modern matters: the 1st , redolent of antiquity, are the 'observing of indicators' and 'granting of seasons' by means of historic 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 in line with evolving tensions. He argues that, even if 'empiricism' and 'progress' are genuine, we needs to examine the genuine results of such narratives as believed in and acted upon within the historical past of astronomy in China.

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