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Warsaw: Union Internationale d’Historie et Philosophie des Sciences, pp. 63–114. 15 Cf. Jacques Gernet. 1982. China and the Christian Impact. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 15–24. See also Sivin’s biography of Wang Hsi-shan, Nathan Sivin. 1970–78. “Wang Hsi-shan (1628–1682)”, in: Dictionary of Scientific Biography. New York: Scribner’s Sons, vol. 14, pp. 159–68; and Deane 1989, pp. 401–41. 16 See Michael Adas. 1989. Machines as the Measure of Men: Science, Technology, and Ideologies of Western Dominance.

1991. “The Spread of Georgius Agricola’s De Re Metallica in Late Ming China”, T’oung Pao 57, pp. 108–18; and James Reardon-Anderson. 1991. The Study of Change: Chemistry in China, 1840–1949. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 30–6; 82–8. 34 See Roger Hart. 1997. “Local Knowledges, Local Contexts: Mathematics in Yuan and Ming China”. , June 5–11, 1997. The conference volume unfortunately will not include this important paper for publication. 36 BENJAMIN A. 35 Similarly, the Ming scholar and Hangzhou bookseller Hu Wen(fl.

The co-operation of these returned students with foreign archeologists–who by now did research for purely scientific purposes–laid the ground for the academic field of archeology in China. The two contributions demonstrated that establishing an academic field started with negotiations about its linguistic definition. Arakawa Kiyohide’s contribution extends this aspect to questions of the formation of a set of technical geographical terms. Tracing the histories of common geographical terms such as ‘torrid zone’, ‘tropic’, ‘ocean current’ or ‘trade wind’, Arakawa explores different modes of forming neologisms, and by this challenges and expands some prevalent assumptions on these linguistic processes.

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