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Future of Everything: The Science of Prediction

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Publisher Comments:

For centuries, scientists have strived to predict the future. But to what extent have they succeeded? Can past events-Hurricane Katrina, the Internet stock bubble, the SARS outbreak-help us understand what will happen next? Will scientists ever really be able to forecast catastrophes, or will we always be at the mercy of Mother Nature, waiting for the next storm, epidemic, or economic crash to thunder through our lives? In The Future of Everything, David Orrell looks back at the history of forecasting, from the time of the oracle at Delphi to the rise of astrology to the advent of the TV weather report, showing us how scientists (and some charlatans) predicted the future. How can todays scientists claim to anticipate future weather events when even thee-day forecasts prove a serious challenge? How can we predict and control epidemics? Can we accurately foresee our financial future? Or will we only find out about tomorrow when tomorrow arrives?

Synopsis:

In the spirit of Freakonomics and A Short History of Progress, The Future of Everything is a compelling, elegantly written history of our future

About the Author

David Orrell, Ph.D., received his doctorate in mathematics from the University of Oxford. His work in the prediction of complex systems has been featured in New Scientist and the Financial Times, and on BBC Radio, ABC Radio, and NPR. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781568583693
Author:
Orrell, David
Publisher:
Thunder's Mouth Press
Subject:
Time
Subject:
Mechanics - Dynamics - Thermodynamics
Subject:
Future Studies
Subject:
History
Subject:
Forecasting
Subject:
Forecasting -- History.
Subject:
Science Reference-General
Edition Description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Publication Date:
20080231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 20 oz

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