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Encyclopaedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures

Editors: Selin, Helaine (Ed.)

  • Selected by Choice magazine as an "Outstanding Academic Title" for 2008
  • Unique in both scientific and geographical scope
  • Features intercultural articles on broad topics by world experts, providing a fascinating read even for non-specialists
  • This second edition has been completely revised and expanded, with hundreds of new entries
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The second edition of this landmark encyclopaedia will contain approximately 1000 entries dealing in depth with the history of the scientific, technological and medical accomplishments of cultures outside of the United States and Europe. The entries consist of fully updated articles together with hundreds of entirely new topics.

This unique reference work includes:

  • Intercultural articles on broad topics such as Mathematics and Astronomy
  • Philosophical articles on concepts and ideas related to the study of non-Western Science, such as Rationality, Objectivity, and Method, Religion and Science, East and West, and Magic and Science
  • Articles on topics such as Native American Mathematics, Polynesian Navigation, Korean Maps, and African Metallurgy
  • Biographical articles for those cultures where individual scientists are known to us, such as China and the Islamic world.


From the reviews of the second edition:

"It is a unique publication, a perfect work of human knowledge would certainly expand the horizon of scholars of different fields and the common reader with quest of knowledge. … No doubt, this book will prove to be an asset to the students, research scholars, teachers, of any scientific or other fields, hunting for knowledge." (N. C. Shah, Herbal Tech Industry, November, 2008)

"The second edition of this outstanding title ... has been updated and expanded with approximately 1,000 entries, 1,374 high-quality (black-and-white and color) figures, and 107 tables. ... Certain subjects, or sections, are divided into numerous articles with references. ... Summing Up: Essential. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers." (S. Markgren, Choice, Vol. 46 (3), November, 2008)

"This two-volume work covers a wealth of information on the development of the sciences and medical arts in non-Occidental cultures. … entries are printed in a clear, sharp and readable type. … doubtless will be seen as a worthwhile purchase for many major research institutions. … anyone with an interest in this field will benefit from an extensive perusal of the entries within the work." (Gareth J. Johnson, Reference Reviews, Vol. 23, 2009)

“This encyclopedia serves as a good marker of the changing status of the global in histories of science. … One of the most praiseworthy achievements of this encyclopedia is the broad definition of science, technology and medicine employed. … those who dip into this one will have their curiosity aroused for much more.” (Sujit Sivasundaram, British Journal for the History of Science, June, 2010)

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Encyclopaedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures
  • Helaine Selin
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
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LXXVI, 2415