After 12 years… All 30 volumes of the history of Korean scientific civilization are compiled.

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Completed Chonbuk National University Science and Civilizations Series
University of Cambridge to publish 5 volumes

Professor Park Yoon-jae (left) of the Department of History at Kyunghee University and Shin Dong-won, director of the Institute of Korean Science and Civilizations at Chonbuk National University (right) introduce a series of books at the Museum of Korean History in Seoul on the 31st. Reporter Jae-myung Kim base@donga.com

“I feel proud to finally have a book that contains the entire scientific civilization of Korea.”

The ‘Science and Civilizations of Korea’ series series, planned by Chonbuk National University and published by the publishing house since 2010, has completed its long journey in 12 years. Starting with the first volume, ‘Donguibogam and the History of East Asian Medicine’, the last volume was ‘Korea’s Magical Science and Civilization’ published on the 31st, and a total of 30 series has been completed.

At a press conference held at the Museum of Korean History in Jongno-gu, Seoul on the 31st, there was a sense of pride in compiling the history of science and civilization in Korea. Yang Young-gyun, head of the Korean Studies Promotion Project Division at the Korean Studies Research Institute, which supported the academic research, emphasized, “At a time when the Korean Wave is receiving unprecedented global attention, the ‘Science and Civilization of Korea’ series is a great fruit in discovering the potential of Korean studies in science and technology.”

More than 60 people participated in the writing of the book, including Kwon Oh-young, a professor of Korean history at Seoul National University, Park Yoon-jae, a professor of history at Kyunghee University, and Jeon Yong-hoon, a professor of humanities at the Graduate School of Korean Studies at the Central Research Institute of Korean Studies. Chonbuk National University professor Moon Man-yong, who wrote ‘The Evolution of the Korean Science and Technology Research System’, said, “It contains the history of the system that has driven the development of Korean science and technology.”

Messages congratulating the completion of the series were also sent overseas. Christopher Cullen, former director of the Needham Institute at the University of Cambridge, UK, praised, “It is comparable to a series of classic books titled ‘Chinese Science and Civilization’ published in 1954 by British historian Joseph Needham (1900-1995), who gained fame in the history of Chinese science.” Five of the series have signed a copyright agreement with the Cambridge University Press and are expected to be published soon.

Reporter Lee So-yeon always99@donga.com



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