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While Europe was going through the so-called dark ages, ancient China reigns supreme as the world’s technological superpower. Only now are we discovering that many of the invenstions that shape our modern world, have their roots in this remarkable oriental civilization. Machines with complex gears that allow production on an industrial scale, precision seismographs for detecting earthquakes, drilling machines that were able to search for natural gas hundreds of meters beneath the earth. Then there’s the cosmic engine, a super scale astronomical computer that not only told the time, but also predicted the passage of the planets and the stars. And even blast furnaces, capable of forging metal on a scale that rivals that of the modern world.  

Some on these technologies were so complex, that for centuries they remained a mystery…

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