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Elixir: A History of Water and Humans

Facts and information about water and the story of changing human relationships with water over the past 10,000 years.

Course Summary

Why to enroll this course?

A Faculty Project Course - Best Professors Teaching the World Water.

Yet the historical facts and information about water remains little known.

Water tells the story of changing human relationships with water over the past 10,000 years and tries to answer some basic questions: This is the story of gravity and human ingenuity, of irrigation and aqueducts, of humble farming villages, ancient cities, and the rise and fall of civilizations.

We draw on archaeology and hydrology, on anthropology and ancient oral traditions, on classical literature and Islamic agriculture—on a broad array of scientific inquiries in many languages and in all parts of the world.

Taking this course will make you look at water in an entirely new way.

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