Diverse thinking

Aaron Woolner

“Inventions reached their limit long ago, and I see no hope for further development.” Fortunately for humanity this bold predication by Julius Frontinus, a first century Roman most famous for overseeing the empire’s famed network of aqueducts, has proved far too pessimistic. Impressive as Rome’s achievements are, even the most ardent classicist can’t argue that science, medicine and human ability to manipulate their environment haven’t moved on significantly.

But Frontinus’s statement

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