Simon Winchester, the bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman, brings to life the extraordinary story of Joseph Needham, the brilliant Cambridge scientist who unlocked the most closely held secrets of China, its long and astonishing history of invention and technology. Here is a tale of what makes men, nations, and, indeed, mankind itself great—related by one of the world's inimitable storytellers.
- Simon Winchester, author of "The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom"
- Wayne 5/16/08: "In light of the recent earthquake in China that has resulted in thousands being killed and buried in the rubble of collapsed buildings that do not even meet the building codes of that country, I thought the program featuring the glowing comments of Simon Winchester was extremely biased and wrong-headed. In particular, his remarks extolling its lack of regulatory process, as if that is an example of the virtues of 'freedom,' just so long as you 'don't criticize those in power,' went completely unchallenged by the moderator, Ms. Feraca. ... I know that Here on Earth emphasizes the positives that are evident around the globe and that is a worthy mission, however I sometimes wonder if it isn't possible that you are missing opportunities to educate your listeners by stressing that, often, the positives represent the exceptions, and that there are parallels of the norm to be found in our own society."