Gregory Clancey, Associate Professor of History at the National University of Singapore, is editor, with Alan Chan and Loy Hui-chieh, of Historical Perspectives on East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine (2002) and editor, with M.R. Smith, of Major Problems in the History of American Technology (1998).
“It eloquently charts the rise of two nascent disciplines—architecture and seismology—through the final quarter of the 19th century. . . In fine detail, he charts the economic, social, and political factors that allowed a new, controversial science to take root in a remarkable and unique cultural melting pot. Driving a subplot of the book are the contrasting earthquake ethnographies that continue to subtly underpin ‘Eastern’ and ‘Western’ perspectives on seismology and seismic engineering. Center stage, one finds the careful dissection of a remarkable period of history during which much of what we know of as modern earthquake science came to be.” - Science
“It is a significant contribution to the scholarship on Meiji Japan and on Japanese architectural, technological and scientific history.” - East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine
“...a highly original work of scholarship, lucid and thought-provoking.” - New Zealand Journal Of Asian Studies
“An imaginative and engaging book . . . Clancey’s findings will compel readers to consider anew how the environment . . . can shape institutions, transnational relations, architectural forms, academic and professional discourse, and the creation and dissemination of knowledge. . . . A groundbreaking study.” - Monumenta Nipponica
“Gregory Clancey provides a rich account of the beginnings of seismology and consciously earthquake-resistant construction in Japan during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.” - Isis
“Unforgettable . . . . eye opening . . . . Artfully written, this book is a historical page turner that will intrigue both academic and general readers.” - History In Review