...This book serves a useful purpose by stimulating human responses to avoid possible disasters.
"...[This book]serves a useful purpose by stimulating human responses to avoid possible disasters." Foreign Affairs
The discovery and explanation of phenomena and behavior are the crucial elements of science. The key to the success of any science rests with its ability to predict future behavior and events accurately. Editors Cooper (Harvard; Economic Stabilization and Debt in Developing Countries) and Layard (London Sch. of Economics; East-West Migration) here provide a collection of well-written chapters on a variety of subjects, with the purpose of encouraging more academic research and more public debate on the topic of futurology the study of foretelling the future. Predicting the future is difficult in any science, but the social sciences in particular face a more extreme challenge owing to the large number of variables that seemingly can never be completely "controlled." Many wonderfully complicated theories are presented here that will surely stimulate readers who possess a thirst for analytical and deductive theoretical challenges. Highly recommended for all academic and large public libraries. Tim Delaney, Canisius Coll., Buffalo Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.