South-pointing chariots

Hong Sen Yan

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Many ancient Chinese legends refer to the mysterious invention of the south-pointing carriage. It was a chariot on which was mounted a figure with an outstretched arm that continuously pointed south no matter which way the chariot turned. This device is called the south-pointing chariot and is found in literary records but without surviving hardware. However, various reconstructions of its designs have existed in past years.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHistory of Mechanism and Machine Science
PublisherSpringer Netherland
Number of pages70
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Jan 1

Publication series

NameHistory of Mechanism and Machine Science
ISSN (Print)1875-3442
ISSN (Electronic)1875-3426

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • Mechanical Engineering


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