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Predicting the Future: From Jules Verne to Bill Gates
     

Predicting the Future: From Jules Verne to Bill Gates

by John Malone, John Malone
 

The moving sidewalk never materialized...but we did get to the moon.

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The moving sidewalk never materialized...but we did get to the moon.

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YAFor each of the predictions mentioned in this book, Malone includes its date of origin, the predictor, and a brief background and explanation of it, including whether or not it came to fruition. The wide variety of viewpoints shows that making an accurate prediction in contemporary times is just as difficult as it was 140 years ago. Darryl F. Zanuck's prediction that television would not last more than six months contrasts sharply with the astute judgment of Wolfgang Pauli's informed guess regarding the existence of the neutrino. The well-known misjudgment of Harry Truman losing to Dewey as reported by The Chicago Tribune appears, as is the fact that Alexander Graham Bell's telephone was deemed a toy. On the other hand, the predictions of Jules Verne prove to have been astutely correct. Each section offers enough background to entice readers into further research. The predictions can be read as individual events or to provide a wider perspective on the topic of forecasting the future. Although the predictions are based on research and a bibliography is included, editorial comments accompany each event and present the author's own viewpoint regarding the prediction or predictor. The book offers information entertaining enough for most trivia buffs. In addition, young adults searching for an interesting topic to research will find many from which to choose.Pam Johnson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780871318305
Publisher:
M.Evans & Company
Publication date:
09/02/1997
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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