Simon Winchester, the bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman and Krakatoa, will discuss and sign his new book The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom.
In sumptuous and illuminating detail, Winchester brings to life the extraordinary story of Joseph Needham, the brilliant Cambridge scientist who unlocked the most closely held secrets of China, long the world's most technologically advanced country- Tattered Cover Book Store
Simon Winchester studied geology at Oxford and has written for Conde Nast Traveler, Smithsonian, and National Geographic. Winchester was named an honorary fellow at St. Catherine's College, Oxford in October, 2009 and received an honorary degree from Dalhousie University in October 2010
He is the author of A Crack in the Edge of the World, Krakatoa, The Map That Changed the World, The Professor and the Madman, The Fracture Zone, Outposts, Korea, among many other titles. He lives in Massachusetts and in the Western Isles of Scotland.
Journalist and author Simon Winchester explores what is known as the "Needham question"--why China had been overshot by the West in science and technology, despite its earlier successes--and how Joseph Needham went about answering his question.
Author and Journalist Simon Winchester tells a humorous personal story that combines the philosophy of Joseph Needham, his personal work, and how China is becoming the center of the world Needham always thought it deserved to be.