Ball, P: Water Kingdom

Philip Ball

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Selected as a Book of the Year by The Times and The Economist

China's history is an epic tapestry of courtly philosophies, warring factions and imperial intrigue. Yet, over five thousand years, one ancient element has so dramatically shaped the country's fate that it remains the key to unlocking China's story. That element is water.

In The Water Kingdom Philip Ball takes us on a grand tour of China's defining element, from the rice terraces and towering karts of its battle-worn waterways, to the vast engineering projects that have struggled to contain water's wrath. What surfaces is the secret history of a people and a nation, drawn from its deep reverence for nature's most dynamic force.

"What a splendid idea: to write a history of China through its relationship with water. Far-fetched you might think: not in the least, as you will find immediately you start to read this fascinating book ... You will never think of China in quite the same way again." Martin Jacques, author of WHEN CHINA RULES THE WORLD

Philip Ball writes regularly in the scientific and popular media and worked for many years as an editor for physical sciences at
Nature. His books cover a wide range of scientific and cultural phenomena, and include
Critical Mass: How One Thing Leads To Another (winner of the 2005 Aventis Prize for Science Books),
The Music Instinct,
Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything,
Serving The Reich: The Struggle for the Soul of Science Under Hitler and
Invisible: The history of the Unseen from Plato to Particle Physics.


Einband Taschenbuch
Erscheinungsdatum 03.08.2017
Verlag Random House Children's Books
Seitenzahl 352
Maße (L/B/H) 19.8/12.8/3 cm
Gewicht 281 g
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-78470-154-3


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