The Invention of the Net

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IN your number of February 28 (p. 417), Mr. R. I. Pocock suggests that the observation of a spider's web may have given rise to the art of netting. It is of interest to note that the following citation is found in a Chinese cyclopædia: “Yuen-kien Luihan” (1701, tom, ccccxlix. art. “Chi-chu,” 2):—“In ’Paupuh-tsze’ it is said, ’Tai-hau [or Pâo-hsî] made a spider his master and knitted nets.’”

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MINAKATA, K. The Invention of the Net. Nature 52, 197 (1895) doi:10.1038/052197e0

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