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Chinese Inventions. Even though China is struggling to catch up in technology now, for most of human history they were on the cutting edge. All of the best stuff came from China. The Big 4. Paper Printing Gunpowder Compass. Paper. Why do you think this is important?

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chinese inventions

Chinese Inventions

Even though China is struggling to catch up in technology now, for most of human history they were on the cutting edge. All of the best stuff came from China.

the big 4
The Big 4
  • Paper
  • Printing
  • Gunpowder
  • Compass
paper
Paper
  • Why do you think this is important?
  • Paper artifacts date all the way

back to the 2nd century BC.

printing
Printing
  • Why important?
  • Invented 650-670 AD
  • Began as wood block printing
    • Is what it sounds like. Blocks of would with characters carved into them.
  • Moveable type
    • Blocks could be moved around to say whatever you needed.
gunpowder
Gunpowder
  • Why important?
  • Used in celebrations
    • Fireworks, fire crackers, etc…
  • Did not invent guns, but used

gun powder to create bombs.

    • Launched from catapults
    • Dropped from walls on invaders
compass
Compass
  • Why important?
  • 27 – 100 AD
  • Discovered magnetism
other notables
Other notables
  • The bell
  • Coffins
  • Dagger –axe
  • The fork
  • Oars and rowing
  • Noodles
  • Silk
  • Spices
other notables1
Other notables
  • Triangular shaped plow
  • Cultivation of rice- terrace farming
  • The steamer