| The sciences of astronomy, physics, chemistry,
meteorology, seismology,technology, engineering, and mathematics can trace
their early origins to China. From 600 AD until 1500 AD, China was the world's
most technologically Advanced society.
Scholars routinely discovered scientific principles, invented new
technologies, and influenced the development of human civilizations around
the world. China: Ancient Arts and Sciences tells the story of four of these
revolutionary Chinese technologies: printing, paper making, gunpowder, and
the magnetic compass. Printing and paper making impacted record-keeping and
learning for Chinese society. The invention of gunpowder gave the Chinese
a distinct advantage over their enemies, changing the nature of warfare.
The compass enabled trade and exploration in whole new ways.