An Interpretation of a Shui Lun Fu 水輪賦 (Rhapsody on Waterwheel)*

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Abstract

A shui lun is a water wheel with buckets attached to its rim for use to raise water from a stream for transfer to an irrigation channel. When and where did it originate and when was it first applied in China are not yet clear to date. It might have been employed in China no later than the Tang Dynasty according to ancient literature such as ji ji ji written by Liu Yuxi and shui lun fu written by either Chen Tingzhang or Chen Zhang. However, the text in both scripts had not been carefully studied. This paper presented a preliminary interpretation of shui lun fu with an attempt to understand the technical details of the waterwheel described in the text. This may clarify the origin of the Chinese waterwheel.

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Shui lun fu (Rhapsody on Waterwheel) Shui lun (waterwheel) Technical knowledge 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College for the History of Science & Scientific and Technological AdministrationInner Mongolia Normal UniversityHuhhotChina

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