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History of China
Explore this comprehensive guide to Chinese history, which includes a detailed outline, maps, and numerous images. The site also features a dynasty timeline that allows you to click on each dynasty to receive more information.

Condensed China: Chinese History for Beginners
At this site you can learn about Chinese civilization from 2200 B.C. to the present. The site is also very accessible to younger people interested in China.

Chinese Culture
This online course from Brooklyn College contains a wealth of information and images on every aspect of Chinese culture, including art, archeology, history, and politics. The site also includes links to primary sources, including excerpts from The Travels of Marco Polo, Buddhist, and Daoist texts, and much more. Its clear table of contents allows you to navigate directly to the topic that interests you most.

Geometry of Bridge Construction
Examine the mathematical side of bridge building at this site, which places models of different bridge types next to their real-life counterparts.

Bridge Building
Take a virtual tour of a bridge exhibit at the Deutsches Museum in Germany. See images from the exhibit itself and read about the latest advances in bridge building technology.

This site, which features bamboo expert Dr. Jules Janssen (see Nature's Miracle Material), has been put together by Eindhoven University of Technology and also acts as the Web site for INBAR, the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan research. The research described at this site is aimed at developing, improving, and analyzing bamboo structures for lower income groups in developing countries.

The American Bamboo Society
Explore everything you ever wanted to know about bamboo, including its uses, cultivation, and economic importance. Follow links to other bamboo resources worldwide.

1000 Bamboo Things
The goal of this site's creators is to collect 1,000 bamboo photographs from all over the world. You can browse through a gallery of bamboo that features the material in all its incarnations. You can even send in your own bamboo photos to be added to the site.

National Engineers Week, February 20-26, 2000
The National Engineers Week Committee unveils plans for its 49th meeting which include numerous activities to showcase new projects and programs intended to spread the message of engineering's importance to society. The site also provides adolescents with an opprtunity to investigate a host of engineering achievements designed to inspire their interest in engineering.

A History of Chinese Civilization By Jaques Gernet. (Cambridge University Press, 1982)
This work chronicles the formation and expansion of the Chinese Empire and the great cultural achievements of its people.

The Golden Age of Chinese Archeology By Xiaoneng Yang. Yale University Press, 1999.
An incredible collection of photographs and descriptions of more than 200 artifacts that forever changed the way archeologists viewed Chinese civilization.

Science and Civilisation in China (Volume 4, Physics and Physical Technology) By Joseph Needham, in collaboration with Wang Ling, Ph.D., and Lu Gwei-Djen, Ph.D. Cambridge University Press, 1971.
For all you need to know about Chinese science and technology, this is the book to read. The Needham series is a comprehensive, multi-volume work that covers the technology of bridge building, weaponry, agriculture, silk-making, and more. It also includes many maps, drawings, and photographs.

Chinese Past By Mark Elvin. Eyre Methuen, 1973.
This book is a wonderful introduction to China's Song Dynasty. In five concise chapters, Elvin talks of the economic boom in the Song Dynasty and the incredible inventiveness of the Song people, who introduced the world to gunpowder, the compass, moveable type, the printing press - and even the restaurant.

Bridging: Discovering the Beauty of Bridges By Robert S. Cortright. Bridge Ink, 1998.
With 283 full-color photographs of bridges from 16 countries that span 20 centuries, this book is a testament to both the physical and technical splendor of bridges.

Bridgescape: The Art of Designing Bridges By Frederick Gottemoeller. J. Wiley, 1998.
Discover the many elements, from environmental impact to historical significance, that must be considered when designing bridges. The book also includes color photographs of some of the most beautiful and innovative bridges in the world.

The Art of Construction By Mario Salvadori. Chicago Review Press, 1990.
An easy-to-read explanation of the basics of building, with numerous experiments that young builders can try in order to help them understand the principles of how buildings work.

American Bamboos By Emmet J. Judziewicz. Smithsonian Institution Press, 1999.
This book combines color photos with detailed descriptions of North and South American bamboos. It also describes the ecology and evolution of various species and provides maps indicating where each currently grows.

The Book of Bamboo by David Farrelly. Sierra Club Books, 1984.
A rich source of both fact and folklore, this fascinating history examines bamboo's ties to the cultures that have depended upon the oft-used plant.

Chinese Bridges (Images of Asia) by Ronald G. Knapp Oxford University Press, 1993
This volume, by the author of numerous books on Chinese architecture, is the only accessible book on the subject in English.

Secrets of Lost Empires Family Activity Book by WGBH Boston's Educational Print and Outreach Department.
Kids ages 9-12 and their families can explore the once-mighty civilizations featured in the Secrets of Lost Empires series with this fully illustrated, 32-page book. Just $4.95 to cover shipping and handling. Call 1-800-949-8670 or write to: WGBH Boston Video, P.O. Box 2284, South Burlington, VT 05407-2284.

Special Thanks
Michael Barnes
Jackie Mow
Jules Janssen
Robin Yates

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