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融合世界 汇聚思想

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JUNE 20 TUESDAY: TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER ALONG THE SILK ROAD

 NOTE: THIS TALK HAS BEEN CANCEELED BY PROF. PLINIO INNOCENZI DUE TO HEALTH REASONS.  REGRETS, AND PLEASE JOIN RASBJ IN WISHING HIM A FULL AND SPEEDY RECOVERY. Magic Square, dating from the Yuan Dynasty

Please join us for an RASBJ presentation about important inventions that were transferred between Europe and China, including their myths, mysteries and reality.  Prof. Plinio Innocenzi explains why the architectural marvel of Florence's famous Duomo -- Filippo Brunelleschi's dome --was a technological breakthrough, never attempted before nor created ever again. Brunelleschi built machines to construct the dome which profoundly influenced later technologies, reaching beyond the field of architecture. Such designs -- some of which were brought to China by Jesuits -- were categorized centuries later as Chinese inventions. Other innovations were indeed Chinese breakthroughs. And quite a few mysteries remain about inventions that appeared in both China and Europe without any documented exchange. Prof. Innocenzi will present case studies of machines used by Brullelleschi as well other discoveries –  paddle boats, the magic square (pictured, Yuan Dynasty), paper, mechanical clocks, hydraulic devices – which offer a view differing from Joseph Needham’s perspective.  Veteran foreign correspondent Laura Daverio will moderate the event.

WHAT: “Technology transfer along the Silk Road: Myth, mystery and reality” by Prof. Plinio Innocenzi

WHEN: June 20, Tuesday from 7:30-9:30 PM

WHERE: The Bookworm, Building 4, Nan Sanlitun Road, Chaoyang District Tel: 6586 9507 MAP

HOW MUCH: RMB 65 for members of RASBJ and Bookworm, 75 for non-members

RSVP: Email communications.ras.bj@gmail.com and write “Inventions” in the header


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   PLEASE NOTE CANCELLATION of the talk on "Technology Transfer Along the Silk Road: Myth, Mystery and Reality" by Prof. Plinio Innocenzi, due to health reasons; we wish Plinio a speedy recovery. RASBJ will be on summer break for July and August, returning to normal programming in September with topics offering something for everyone -- from conducting pre-1949 research  to Chinese music to the renovation of a 115-year-old hospital originally built by British missionaries.  We hope to see you in the autumn!

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