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By Joseph Needham (author), Ho Ping-Yü, Lu Gwei-Djen (collaborators)

ISBN-10: 0521210283

ISBN-13: 9780521210287

The 5th quantity of Dr Needham's monstrous venture, just like the fourth, is subdivided into components for ease of presentation and assimilation, every one half certain and released individually. the amount as an entire covers the themes of alchemy, early chemistry, and chemical know-how (which comprises army invention, particularly gunpowder; paper and printing; textiles; mining and metallurgy; the salt undefined; and ceramics).

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TT878, ch. I, p. IU,ch. 2, p. ga, a Sung text. C Tr. and annot. Kaltenmark (z), pp. 183ff. d Vol. 4, pt. 2, p. loo. KO Hung mentions it in a list of cover-names, PPTINP, ch. 16, p. 6b, cf. Ware (S), p. 271. A parallel is the case of the Sung or pre-Sung physician Kuo Shih-Chun7 who gave his name to the Rangoon creeper Quisqualis indica, an anthelminthic plant (Sect. 38). f Ch. 3, (p. log), among books on elixirs and other macrobiotic techniques. g As by Li Kuang-Hsuan8 in TTz63, p. %a. h Vol. 2, p.

Chu Phing-Man might well have learnt the art in secrecy but neither spoke about it nor used it. a I n any case the story would be of the late -4th century. T h e Taoist cult of the holy immortals, so closely associated with alchemy, does not loom very large in the Chuan~T m book, but there are passages which speak about them clearly enough. c I n another place a significant passage reads : * Far away on the Ku-shC Shans (mountains)=there live numinous men whose flesh and skin are smooth as ice and pale as snow.

Ware (S), p. 41. C Most probably many did. ) was in Thaiwan in 1962 he met a Taoist who told him that he used shih chung humg tzu11 frequently (brown haematite, RP&) together with certain berries which he showed him. Abstaining from cereals (chiieh h 1 2 ) was of course a widespread practice, discussed in many of the medical books. d The identification of urhat was meant by this Taoist religious symbol is a matter of much difficulty (cf. pt. 2, pp. I 16, 121 above). I t certainly had a reference wider than anything we should call a fungus today, for it couldinclude mineral excrescencesrecallingthe shape of mushrooms, all kinds of cryptogams, and doubtless some fictitious plants.

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