The Rise of the West

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    Welcome to The Rise of the West, a website dedicated to J. Needham's Grand Question:

              Why was modern science invented in Western Europe, and not in India, or China?

    This site is devoted to exploring the causes of scientific progress and, more generally, the falls and rises of civilizations.

    This site displays a summary of my economic and political theory about the European scientific miracle. Press releases are added to give a flavour of the theory's reception.

    Summaries of other theories about the Western originality and the causal factors of the advance of science are displayed as well.

    Small-screen websurfers are invited onto the Smartphone pages.

    Site created on 24 Apr 2000.