Science and Civilisation in China – Science Express

What caused the decline of science and technology in 15th-century China, when modern science was developing rapidly in the West? Duncan Campbell discusses the explanations given by famous historian Joseph Needham.

Recorded in June 2014 as part of Te Papa’s Science Express programme.

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