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Predicting the Future

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Leo Howe, Stephen Hawking, Ian Stewart, Simon Schaffer, Frank Hahn, Ian Kennedy, Averil Cameron, Richard Gombrich, Don Cupitt
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  • Date Published: February 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521619745

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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 examine both approaches and their consequences and chart our continuing attempts to see beyond the present.

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    "The contributors are eminent scholars from diverse fields who provide the reader with a personal view of predicting the future that is rooted in their own discipline and perspective. While some contributors stay closer to their task than others, all of them provide useful insights into the role and problems of prediction." British Medical Journal

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    • Date Published: February 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521619745
    • length: 204 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.38kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: predicting the future Leo Howe
    1. The future of the universe Stephen Hawking
    2. Chaos Ian Stewart
    3. Comets and the world's end Simon Schaffer
    4. Predicting the economy Frank Hahn
    5. The medical frontier Ian Kennedy
    6. Divine providence in late antiquity Averil Cameron
    7. Buddist prediction: how open is the future? Richard Gombrich
    8. The last judgement Don Cupitt
    Notes on contributors
    Acknowledgements
    Index.

  • Editors

    Leo Howe

    Alan Wain

    Contributors

    Leo Howe, Stephen Hawking, Ian Stewart, Simon Schaffer, Frank Hahn, Ian Kennedy, Averil Cameron, Richard Gombrich, Don Cupitt

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