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Book review: The Man Who Loved China, by Simon Winchester

Joseph Needham's name will be for ever linked with the extraordinary achievement of Science and Civilisation in China, the multi-volume opus that transformed Westerners' view of China in the twentieth century. Yet although he was a Cambridge academic he had no formal qualifications as either a sinologist or a historian; his background was in biochemistry and embryology. But this breadth of interest was only one aspect of his astonishingly wide-ranging character. He was a Communist fellow-traveller, a nudist, a singer, a Morris dancer, a womaniser, and - perhaps most unexpected of all - a committed Christian. [More]

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