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Predicting the Future

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ISBN-10: 0521619742

ISBN-13: 9780521619745

Edition: 2005

Authors: Leo Howe, Alan Wain

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Whether there is a future to predict is not a question many people care to think about too deeply, though the process of predicting the future has itself a history. We did not always predict from the same assumptions as we do now, or for the same reasons. Today, on the basis of empirical observation and scientific theory, accredited experts and specialists forecast the economy, the social consequences of medical innovation and even what will happen to the universe in billions of years time. In the past soothsayers, priests, oracles and comets foretold the future on the basis of religious ideology and traditional authority. In a remarkable series of thought-provoking essays the authors…    
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Book details

List price: $64.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/17/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 204
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Introduction: predicting the future
The future of the universe
Chaos
Comets and the world's end
Predicting the economy
The medical frontier
Divine providence in late antiquity
Buddist prediction: how open is the future?
The last judgement
Notes on contributors
Acknowledgements
Index