Academy Discourse: Elixir - A History of Humankind and Water
Date: Tuesday 18th September 2012
Location: Academy House, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin
Professor Brian describes the central role of gravity in ancient water management, also stresses the importance of ritual in human attitudes toward water. When did humans first consider water an entitlement? What was the role of the Industrial Revolution in changing our attitudes toward the most fundamental of all commodities for human life? And does the history of water hold lessons for the present and future challenge of global water supplies?
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