Welcome to The Rise of the West, a website dedicated to J. Needham's
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.
French-speaking websurfers are invited on the
French mirror site.