History of the Future

History of the Future

Prophets of Progress from H. G. Wells to Isaac Asimov

Bowler, Peter J. (Queen's University Belfast)

Cambridge University Press






15 a 20 dias

In this wide-ranging survey, Bowler explores the phenomenon of futurology: predictions about the future development and impact of science and technology through the twentieth century. Bowler explores how conflict between technocrats and their critics was presented to the public through case studies including radio, aviation, space exploration and genetics.
1. Introduction: progress or threat?; 2. The prophets: their backgrounds and ambitions; 3. How we'll live; 4. Where we'll live; 5. Communicating and computing; 6. Getting around; 7. Taking to the air; 8. Journey into space; 9. War; 10. Energy and environment; 11. Human nature; 12. Epilogue: Plus ca change?
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