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A short history of progress

Author: Ronald Wright; Tony Porter
Publisher: Melbourne : Vision Australia Information and Library Service, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Computer file : CD for computer : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The 2004 Massey Lectures series as broadcast on ABC Radio. The twentieth century was a time of runaway growth in human population, consumption and technology, all of which placed tremendous demands on earth, air and water - the very elements of life. The urgent question of the twenty-first century is how, or whether, this can continue. In A Short History of Progress, Ronald Wright explains how our current  Read more...
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Document Type: Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ronald Wright; Tony Porter
OCLC Number: 225401210
Notes: CR #1.
DAISY book.
Performer(s): Narrator: Tony Porter.
Target Audience: Adult.
Description: 1 computer optical disc (6 hr., 44 min.) : sound ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: Requires DAISY software or playback equipment.; DAISY version 2.02.; Level 2 (table of contents :notes/index)).
Responsibility: Ronald Wright.

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The 2004 Massey Lectures series as broadcast on ABC Radio. The twentieth century was a time of runaway growth in human population, consumption and technology, all of which placed tremendous demands on earth, air and water - the very elements of life. The urgent question of the twenty-first century is how, or whether, this can continue. In A Short History of Progress, Ronald Wright explains how our current predicament is as old as civilization - a 10,000 year experiment we have seldom controlled. He argues that only by understanding the patterns of progress and folly that humanity has repeated everywhere from ancient Rome to Easter Island can we learn to change our ways, and, with luck and wisdom, avoid a disastrous outcome.

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