Shuo Yuan (è¯´è‹‘) was compiled by Liu Xiang of West Han Dynasty. Liu Xiang collated and arranged...
Bricks are fired by either firewood or coal. Those fired by firewood take on black and blue color, and those by coal white. The temperature of coal-fired brick kiln is much higher than that fired by firewood.
T'ien-Kung K'ai-Wu - Work on Science and Technology in Ancient China
T'ien-Kung K'ai-Wu (Exploiting the Works of Nature), by Sung Ying-hsing (1587-1663), a scientist in the late Ming and early Qing Dynasties, is an unprecedented comprehensive work on science and technology in ancient China.