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Great Courses: Understanding the Inventions That Changed the World

Thursday, February 22

10:00 am - 11:30 am


Thursdays, from 10:00 to 11:30am. Village Center. No registration required. Through this course led by Dr. W. Bernard Carlson, you will come to appreciate how technology undergirds history, defining and shaping daily life, social structure, and how humans find meaning in the world. Dr. W. Bernard Carlson is a professor in the Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia, where he directs the Engineering Business Program. After each DVD lecture there will be a brief discussion period.

February 22 Lectures:

Waterwheels and Clocks. The waterwheel was the first major energy source beyond human muscle and animal labor, which freed people to perform more sophisticated tasks. Meanwhile, the development of the mechanical clock redefined our sense of time.

Pagodas and Cathedrals. Explore the evolution of the pagoda and the cathedral

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