Biographies & Memoirs

The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom

The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom

No cloistered don, this tall, married Englishman was a freethinking intellectual. A nudist, he was devoted to quirky folk dancing. In 1937, while working as a biochemist at Cambridge, he fell in love with a visiting Chinese student, with whom he began a lifelong affair. His mistress persuaded him to travel to her home country, where he embarked on a series of expeditions to the frontiers of the ancient empire. He searched for evidence to bolster a conviction that the Chinese were responsible for hundreds of humankind's most familiar innovations—including printing, the compass, explosives, suspension bridges, even toilet paper—often centuries before others. His journeys took him across war-torn China, consolidating his admiration for the Chinese.

Chapter 1: The Barbarian and the Celestial

Chapter 2: Bringing Fuel in Snowy Weather

Chapter 3: The Discovering of China

Chapter 4: The Rewards of Restlessness

Chapter 5: The Making of His Masterpiece

Chapter 6: Persona Non Grata: The Certain Fall from Grace

Chapter 7: The Passage to the Gate

Epilogue: Without Haste, Without Fear

Appendix I: Chinese Inventions and Discoveries with Dates of First Mention

Appendix II: States, Kingdoms, and Dynasties of China (Principal Unified States in Capitals)

Suggested Further Reading