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Friday, April 24th 2015
Speaker: Leslie Tomory, History and Classical Studies, McGill University
Subject: London's Water Supply before 1800 and the Origins of Network Modernity
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.

Since the middle of the nineteenth century, integrated technological networks have proliferated, especially in the Western world. This talk argues that one of the roots of this technologically networked society is London's water supply network. This infrastructure network was first founded in 1580, and by the 18th century, tens of thousands of houses were connected to it. The builders of this network solved a host of business, financial, legal and technological problems, and in doing so, created a model that was explicitly used by later network builders.

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