The World According to Cycles: How Recurring Forces Can Predict the Future and Change Your Life

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Like most of humankind's great theories, the cyclical view of the universe is at once elegant in its sim-plicity and utterly persuasive. Scholars, pundits, and experts in all walks of life—from Carl Jung to Arthur Schlesinger and from Paul Volcker to Lee Iacocca—proclaim the validity of cycles. In this fascinating work, Samuel A. Schreiner, Jr., spells out in layperson's terms how to look for patterns in unpredictable environments and how to spot the recurring forces that can predict changes in one's health, ...

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Overview

Like most of humankind's great theories, the cyclical view of the universe is at once elegant in its sim-plicity and utterly persuasive. Scholars, pundits, and experts in all walks of life—from Carl Jung to Arthur Schlesinger and from Paul Volcker to Lee Iacocca—proclaim the validity of cycles. In this fascinating work, Samuel A. Schreiner, Jr., spells out in layperson's terms how to look for patterns in unpredictable environments and how to spot the recurring forces that can predict changes in one's health, moods, and relationships, in financial investments, the weather, politics, and the state of the world.

Incorporating over fifty years of research on hundreds of different cycles by scientists affiliated with the Foundation for the Study of Cycles, The World Ac-cording to Cycles enables readers to recognize many naturally recurring patterns in their daily lives. Scientists affiliated with the Foundation have correctly predicted such events as the 1987 stock market crash, a killer earthquake in Armenia, and the 1988 U.S. presidential election.

The World According to Cycles will help readers develop the ability to predict a wide variety of occurrences so they can apply a greater understanding of the rhythms of everyday existence to their personal relationships, emotional well-being, employer-employee relations, and judgment and decision-making in business and finance.

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Journalist and novelist Schreiner (The Passionate Beechers, The Trials of Mrs. Lincoln) investigates a growing scientific field at the intersection of natural and historical cycles, an area he describes as both humbling and energizing. In this wide-ranging work, he looks at researchers from a number of different disciplines who have explored cycles of astronomy, the weather, business and politics. Edward Dewey, a field leader who started the Foundation for the Study of Cycles (FSC) in 1971, discovered 10 cycles that turn "every 5.91 years," including "business failures since 1857, combined stock prices since 1871, grouse abundance since 1848, and sunspots since 1749." While Schreiner finds these correlations intriguing, he is careful to hew close to physicist Richard Feynman's caveat that "the proper scientific assumption to start with is that they occur by chance"; on the other hand, Schreiner is able to confirm, personally, the prediction an FSC researcher, Fergus J. Wood, who successfully predicted a number of floods based on lunar-solar cycles. More dubious are correlations between solar activity and historical occurrences, but this primer on a developing field is fresh and intriguing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602396463
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/18/2009
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Samuel A. Schreiner, Jr., a veteran journalist and former senior editor at Reader's Digest, is the author of both novels and nonfiction, including The Trials of Mrs. Lincoln, Henry Clay Frick: The Gospel of Greed, and The Passionate Beechers: A Family Saga of Sanctity and Scandal That Changed America. He lives in Darien, Connecticut.
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