Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Four Great Chinese Inventions

  • 105
    Cai Lun, a Chinese eunuch, tell Emperor He about his invention, zhi, i.e. paper, made of bark, hemp, silk, and fishing net
  • 808
    The first mention of a mixture resembling gunpowder, made of sulfur, saltpeter and herb, appears in Taoist text, known as Taishang Shengzu Danjing Mijue, in China
  • 868
    Diamond Sutra, the first extant complete printed book containing its date is issued using woodblock printing technique in China
  • 1020
    Floating magnetic compass, consisting of an iron body floating in a bowl of water, is invented for navigation in China

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