Great Courses: Understanding the Inventions That Changed the World

Larchmont Public Library

121 Larchmont Avenue
Larchmont, NY 10538

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.


January 11

Great Inventions in Everyday Life. Begin your exploration of great inventions by considering just how pervasive inventions truly are. Do we notice them in the world around us? Do we now who invented them, how they work, and why?

The Potter's Wheel and Metallurgy.  Step back to the Stone Age and look at the craft of pottery and the development of metals.


January 25

Beer, Wine, and Distilled Spirits.  Learn how the Agricultural Revolution changed life for early humans, then trace the development of alcoholic beverages from the earliest days of civilization though the Middle Ages and consider the cultural insights alcohol can offer.

The Galley, Coins, and the Alphabet.  Explore the role of trade in early societies and how ships, coins, and the alphabet shaped the civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean.

Thursday, 25 January, 2018

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