Science and Civilisation in China: Military technology : the gunpowder epic

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Cambridge University Press, 1974 - Chemistry - 703 pages
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Contents

MILITARY TECHNOLOGY continued
1
ii The Sung formulae 1
117
8 Firecrackers and fireworks p
127
9 Gunpowder as incendiary p
147
10 Bombs and grenades p
161
11 Land and sea mines p
192
12 Bizarre delivery systems p 21
220
14 The eruptor ancestor of all cannon
263
The first metalbarrel
276
16 From deflagration to detonation
342
17 The later development of artillery p
365
APPENDIXES
580
GENERAL INDEX
651
Table of Chinese Dynasties
694
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