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Author Olshin, Benjamin B., author
Title Lost knowledge : the concept of vanished technologies and other human histories / by Benjamin B. Olshin
Imprint Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2019]
book jacket
 Modern History Library  303.483 O52    AVAILABLE    30550100661048
 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  CB478 O52 2019    AVAILABLE    30530001341536
 人文社會聯圖  CB478 .O47 2019    AVAILABLE    30610020614087
Descript xii, 458 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
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Series Technology and change in history, 1385-920X ; volume 16
Technology and change in history ; v. 16
Note "Lost Knowledge : The Concept of Vanished Technologies and Other Human Histories examines the idea of lost knowledge, reaching back to a period between myth and history. It investigates a peculiar idea found in a number of early texts: that there were civilizations with knowledge of sophisticated technologies, and that this knowledge was obscured or destroyed over time along with the civilization that had created it. This book presents critical studies of a series of early Chinese, South Asian, and other texts that look at the idea of specific 'lost' technologies, such as mechanical flight and the transmission of images. There is also an examination of why concepts of a vanished 'golden age' were prevalent in so many cultures. Offering an engaging and investigative look at the propagation of history and myth in technology and culture, this book is sure to interest historians and readers from many backgrounds"-- Provided by publisher
Includes bibliographical references (pages 395-451) and index
Speculations and fantasies -- Ancient tales of flying machines -- Magic mirrors and early televisions -- The missing land of Atlantis -- Rings and dangerous powers -- The nature, encoding, and transmission of knowledge -- Conclusion--What did they mean?
Subject Technology and civilization -- History -- To 1500
Technology and civilization -- History -- To 1500 -- Sources
Technology -- History -- To 1500
Communication of technical information -- History -- To 1500
Knowledge, Theory of -- History -- To 1500
Civilization, Ancient
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