HOW MANY PEOPLE, PAST AND FUTURE?

November 7, 2004 § Leave a comment

On the day of the New York City Marathon, population biologist and applied mathematician, storyteller and musician Joel Cohen will remind us that there are more people in New York City today than there were in the entire world when agriculture was being invented at the end of the last ice age. Manhattan was then covered by thousands of feet of ice. The connection between warmer climate and more people is not accidental, and causation goes in both directions. What will the next 50 years bring for the human population? Tune in! For comic relief, Cohen will premiere some satirical songs and read from his book of scientific and mathematical jokes. He may even play a serious piano piece or two.

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