swansont Posted January 5, 2012 Author Share Posted January 5, 2012 I didn't say that advancement didn't happen in China. I said that scientific discovery was dominated by the west, especially in the one discipline, astronomy, so often used as an example of Christianity holding back scientific discovery. But if you want to find a discipline in which China excelled in that era far beyond the West then by all means offer it up. Seamanship, mathematics, metallurgy, chemistry... none of these are dominated by Asian discovery, and certainly by the 1700s the gap between Western and Asian technology was tremendous. Well, except for gunpowder (chemistry), the compass (seamanship), along with paper making and printing and a whole host of other inventions, yeah, China's done nothing. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Chinese_inventions China fell behind when it closed itself off in the 15th century. http://www.basicrps.com/chine/histoire/china.htm See also Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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