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An Additional Talk on the Magnetic South Pointer Si Nan and the Discussion with Mr. Sun Ji (2014)


Over a long period of time,there has been no lack of science and technology historians who consider the spoon of the Si Nan( 司南) to be a magnetic south pointer. Recentlry Mr. Sun Ji explained the spoon south-pointing carriage according to the word Shao( 杓) as the word "Shuo"in an incomplete book of Lun Heng( Discourses Weighed in the Balance) of the Song Dynasty,and thus attacked the viewpoint of his predecessors. This paper points out the word Zhuo( 酌) to be mistaken. The exegetics of Sun Ji is untenable. The theory of magnetic south-pointer is even not shaken at all.

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Authors & Contributors
Dong, Yuyu
Han, Jishao
Liu, Shu-fen
Hammers, Roslyn Lee
Qiao, Xunxiang
Ma, Liping
Ziran Kexueshi Yanjiu (Studies in the History of Natural Sciences)
Science in Context
Lishi yuyan yanjiuso jikan (Bulletin of the Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica)
East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal
East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine
Hong Kong University Press
Cambridge University Press
University of Hawai'i Press
State University of New York Press
University of Washington Press
East Asia, civilization and culture
Tea and tea industry
Li, Ye
Li, Rui
Yang, Hui
Song Dynasty (China, 960-1279)
Han dynasty (China, 202 B.C.-220 A.D.)
Qing dynasty (China, 1644-1912)
Tang dynasty (China, 618-907)

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