Sunday, November 17, 2013

Invention: Yongle Encyclopedia

Invention: Yongle Encyclopedia
The Yongle Encyclopedia was invented in China during the Ming dynasty. This was an important invention because it was the first of its kind. It was written and edited by Tan Youngbo. The encyclopedia includes information from about 8,000 texts of all kinds, from pre-Qin times to the early Ming dynasty, covering the works of famous specialists in such areas as astronomy, geography, human affairs, famous objects, yin-yang philosophy, Buddhism and Daoism, crafts, and so forth.
    The Yongle Encyclopedia was created on the 27th of July, 1045 C.E. It was used to look up information about subjects like we do today with the internet. Before the invention, people had to get information from other people like teachers, scientists, and historians. The information was passed down and it sometimes changed depending on how the previous person said it. People could also get information from painting and other scrolls. The painting could tell people what life was like or describe events and the scrolls would have sayings, thoughts, and words.
    The encyclopedia has really changed people’s lives in many ways. For example; now they would not have to find somebody who has all the information that they need. All they need to do is get an encyclopedia and read the information they need. The encyclopedia was also written so into chapters so finding the information was not too hard. Also this way, they did not have to memorize the facts that they learned. They could write them down but why do that if they are written right in front of you. The Yongle Encyclopedia was a great help for students because they could find information very fast and it was not information that was passed down.

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