TKE presents ONLINE | Giulio Boccaletti | Water: A Biography

TKE welcomes physicist and climate scientist, Giulio Boccaletti, for a discussion about his new non-fiction book, Water: A Biography.

This free, virtual event will take place on Crowdcast and you must register here to participate. Order your copy of Water: A Biography from The King's English Bookshop below. This event is co-sponsored by The Nature Conservancy.

About the book:

Writing with authority and brio, Giulio Boc­caletti—honorary research associate at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, Univer­sity of Oxford—shrewdly combines environmental and social history, beginning with the earliest civ­ilizations of sedentary farmers on the banks of the Nile, the Tigris, and the Euphrates Rivers. Even as he describes how these societies were made possible by sea-level changes from the last glacial melt, he incisively examines how this type of farming led to irrigation and multiple cropping, which, in turn, led to a population explosion and labor specialization.
 
We see with clarity how irrigation’s structure informed social structure (inventions such as the calendar sprung from agricultural necessity); how in ancient Greece, the communal ownership of wells laid the groundwork for democracy; how the Greek and Roman experiences with water security resulted in systems of taxation; and how the modern world as we know it began with a legal framework for the development of water infrastructure.
 
Extraordinary for its monumental scope and piercing insightfulness, Water: A Biography richly enlarges our understanding of our relationship to—and fundamental reliance on—the most elemental substance on earth.

Event date: 
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
Crowdcast
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$30.00
ISBN: 9781524748234
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Pantheon - September 14th, 2021