Rediscovering Ancient Chinese Inventions
(From ancient Chinese inventions that lead to Europe’s agricultural revolution, industrial revolution, ocean navigation, Columbus, invasion of the Americas and Western imperialism.)
Military (precision engineering): crossbow, trigger, pre-machine gun magazine, metal stirrups.
Agriculture: iron plough, plough wings, row planting, wheel barrow (the wooden ox).
Agriculture: chain pump irrigation (conveyor belt & differential level irrigation), canal construction, water pound lock, single arch construction (waterway rainbows).
Urbanization: water trade and monied economics, restaurants, set menu, food take-away, folding umbrellas, divination to Chinese chess, children kites to military kites.
Aviation, aeronautics: Proto-parachute, hot air balloons, helicopter top (bamboo dragon fly) to propellor.
Astronomical physics, engineering: earthquake prediction (seismology), metal casting spouting bowls, magnetic compass (with load stone, pointing south, discovery of the pole star.
Engineering, geometric physics: fengshui geomancy with the compass, navigation with the compass (the magnetic turtle), the cardon suspension to the gyroscope (gimbo, hence automatic pilots), differential gears, odometer (measuring distances), wind-driven land carriage, sail deck manipulation (the Venetian blind), aft sail.
Shipbuilding: rudder, bulkheads (water-tight air compartments), Grand Canal displaced sea shipping, hence loss of ocean control to invading Western fleets.
Military: flame thrower, continuous double-acting pistons, multi-stage rockets @ 0.5km distance (pre-water skimming rockets, the Exocet).
Other inventions omitted from the series: onsite, mould construction (Qin dynasty); movable type printing (Han era); blast furnace kiln to 3,000 degree C heat (Qin era).
The Chinese Empire, Qin to Present: nine part series.
Exploiting Chinese 5,000 year history, culture and inventions in modern branding and marketing. Viewpoint: Using the past to pay off in the present markets.