Chao C. Chien spent most of his working career on the new human frontiers and futures, on the edge of mankind’s new ’Age of Discoveries,’ the new horizons of space science and space exploration. As part of the same, Mr. Chien, an engineer and mathematician by training, has held a number of engineering positions, including as Senior Systems Analyst at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. There Mr. Chien participated in the Voyagers and Galileo Spacecraft Programs. Mr. Chien was born in China and spent his youth in Hong Kong. He grew up in a family steeped in history and scholarship. He began his academic training at Hong Kong’s very British high school, Queen’s College, where he obtained his first academic orientations. Subsequently, he attended and graduated from the University of Michigan’s School of Engineering at Ann Arbor. Curious (and sceptical) by nature, Chien never stopped adding to his interests and horizons. For instance, he attended law school and MBA programs. In later years, drawing on his extensive backgrounds, Mr. Chien entered the academic teaching field. He has taught at various colleges, including Los Angeles City College. He also headed his own computer consulting firm. Professor Chien’s personal life story is a bridge experience in a number of ways. At first a cultural child of the East, in his adult life he came to be shaped increasingly by the West. Though trained in the theories of natural sciences and mathematics, he applied his high-tech training and skills to a pursuit for the humanities, to explore issues of history and culture, especially focusing, critiquing, and writing on the gap of how history and culture are taught in the East and the West. Besides the present volume, he is the author of The Hunt for the Dragon, on the mystery of the missing Ming Dynasty Jianwen Emperor, In Search of Troy: An Unusual History Detective Story, and 2000 Years of World History, among other titles. Mr. Chien has long since become a U.S. citizen and currently resides in the USA.
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2,0 su 5 stelleInteresting, had it included viewable maps that could be used to follow the tale.
7 giugno 2018 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Very interesting BUT... The author makes constant references to the maps, jumping back and forth with comparisons, but on the Kindle the maps are practically illegible. Very frustrating. Trying to use a map the size of a postage stamp and enlarging it to be visible is not possible with this format. I don't know if the hardbound edition is better, but I'm done...
5,0 su 5 stelleVery well organized, some great maps.
4 maggio 2013 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
I have been doing research into the Chinese role in world exploration during the "Age of Discovery" and found this volume to be a great resource. Mr. Chien stresses the European voyages in this book rather than the Ming voyages of Zheng He and others, but by doing this makes a compelling case that the European explorers possessed existing maps of the world. He provides excellent copies of these maps which he compares to the timeline of the famous European explorations; it becomes very obvious that they had received detailed information from somewhere, and makes a great case for the Chinese being the source. Good companion to the Menzies books, better organized.
With an enormous amount of geographical data from old Chinese maps, the author takes into a unknown world of facts, that history as i studied never mention. The books of Menzies are the first ones that bring us a new fresh look into a world dominated by medieval thoughts, that probably are Eurocentric. But the data that the author brings us, makes us think that history needs to be re-written according to all this new discoveries , and give the Chinese the position of preeminence that they deserve in the world history.
This book is de facto a legal brief for a major court case, and the case involved is one of history’s biggest chapters. Admittedly it is a hard read, one that requires the utmost of vigilance in the reader, but it is a good read and a must read, and not just for the casual history lover, but for all history students and professionals who are serious about their craft. It makes you wonder about what we are taught.
5,0 su 5 stelleChinese Origin of the Age of Discovery is a must read
16 aprile 2012 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
The Chinese Origin of the Age of Discovery
I was a history teacher. I love history and the "why's and the who's" that make history real and personal. While some of this book is a little tedious due to Sino names, stick with it and you will question what you have been taught.
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