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A short history of progress

Author: Ronald Wright
Publisher: Toronto : Anansi, ©2004.
Series: CBC Massey lectures series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The twentieth century was a time of runaway growth in human numbers, consumption, and technology, placing a colossal load on all natural systems, especially earth, air, and water - the very elements of life. The great question of the twenty-first century is how, or whether, this can go on." "In A Short History of Progress Ronald Wright shows how our modern predicament is as old as civilization, a 10,000-year  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ronald Wright
ISBN: 0887847064 9780887847066
OCLC Number: 56531474
Description: 211 p. ; 21 cm.
Contents: I. Gauguin's questions --
II. The great experiment --
III. Fools' paradise --
IV. Pyramid schemes --
V. The rebellion of the tools.
Series Title: CBC Massey lectures series.
Responsibility: Ronald Wright.

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"The twentieth century was a time of runaway growth in human numbers, consumption, and technology, placing a colossal load on all natural systems, especially earth, air, and water - the very elements of life. The great question of the twenty-first century is how, or whether, this can go on." "In A Short History of Progress Ronald Wright shows how our modern predicament is as old as civilization, a 10,000-year experiment we unleashed but have seldom controlled. Only by understanding the patterns of progress and disaster that humanity has repeated around the world since the Stone Age can we recognize the inherent dangers, and, with luck and wisdom, shape its outcome."--Back cover.

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