Francis Bacon, the English philosopher known as the `Father of the Scientific Revolution’, wrote in 1620 that there were three world-changing inventions: printing, gun-powder and the compass. The first transformed literature, the second warfare, and the third navigation.
He died without knowing that all three had come from China.
Presently, one-fifth of the world’s population is Chinese, totaling over 1300 million people. There are more Chinese learning English than all the native English speakers on earth. One day China could become the number one English-speaking nation as well as the world’s largest manufacturer and consumer. Perhaps it is time to know something about China.
This is an excerpt taken from “China Land of Dragons and Emperors” by Adeline Yen Mah. This book is available as a free PDF download when you subscribe to Adeline Yen Mah’s free Chinese Character A Day Chinese Language and History Lessons. To do so, you may click here.