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A Bug's Life: Change and Transformation in Early Modern China (2007)


Chanting wasps and shape-shifting worms were all in a day's work for sixteenth-century Chinese naturalists such as Li Shizhen (1518–1593). In an effort to understand the metamorphoses of both nature and the human body, he and other early modern Chinese scholars looked towards tiny creatures like roundworms, lice and demon bugs. For them, such animals could reveal the most intimate secrets of the universe.


Description On the 16th-century Chinese naturalist Li Shizhen and others.

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Authors & Contributors
Nappi, Carla Suzan
Needham, Joseph
Huang, H. T.
Ramón-Laca, L.
Perez, Vicente
Smith, Pamela H.
Nei Menggu Shifan Daxue Xuebao (Ziran Kexue Ban)
Archives of Natural History
Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology
Zhongguo Keji Shiliao (China Historical Materials of Science and Technology)
Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity
Ziran Kexueshi Yanjiu (Studies in the History of Natural Sciences)
Cambridge University Press
Universidad de Magallanes
University of Minnesota Press
Harvard University Press
Columbia University
Natural history
East Asia, civilization and culture
Materia medica
Scientific illustration
Li, Shizhen
Needham, Joseph
de l'Ecluse, Charles
Imanishi, Kinji
Hoefnagel, Joris
16th century
17th century
Ming dynasty (China, 1368-1644)
18th century
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)

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