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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; New edition edition (16 Jan. 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330242067
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330242066
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 11.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,233,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AK TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Jan. 2010
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The book is simply brilliant. Koestler manages to play the role of an impartial observer, while it is clear all along that he has enough experience to speak as an insider on the comings and goings of the academic conference circuit. The characterization of the participants is simply outstanding, the author being both kind and revealing of their motivations and foibles.

Another impressive aspect was how comfortable he was with all the subject matters being presented / discussed by his protagonists, showing a rare intellect and breadth of interest - in my experience most academics tend to find themselves on pretty thin ice, as soon as even a veneer of interdisciplinarity enters the equation.

Some of the topics chosen such as immediate steps for population control, both in terms of size (limiting the number of children) as well as governmental control of the populations under their aegis through suggestion / chemical methods must have been pretty risqué when the book was released and would raise hackles in debates even now, more than three decades later.

A final aspect I thought was extremely well managed, even if only in passing / background, was the rise of tourism in Alpine Europe (the conference takes place in a small mountain village in either Austria or Switzerland, as far as I could tell) and the societal impact of this development. There is the obvious positive of increased wealth but there is also the complete hierarchical change between professions / traditional pillars of society and the farmers, especially the early adopters of tourism.

In my opinion anyone who has ever attended a scientific conference and is sufficiently honest about it will immediately recognize both the atmosphere and the authenticity of the characters and enjoy this immensely.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AK TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Jan. 2010
Format: Hardcover
The book is simply brilliant. Koestler manages to play the role of an impartial observer, while it is clear all along that he has enough experience to speak as an insider on the comings and goings of the academic conference circuit. The characterization of the participants is simply outstanding, the author being both kind and revealing of their motivations and foibles.

Another impressive aspect was how comfortable he was with all the subject matters being presented / discussed by his protagonists, showing a rare intellect and breadth of interest - in my experience most academics tend to find themselves on pretty thin ice, as soon as even a veneer of interdisciplinarity enters the equation.

Some of the topics chosen such as immediate steps for population control, both in terms of size (limiting the number of children) as well as governmental control of the populations under their aegis through suggestion / chemical methods must have been pretty risqué when the book was released and would raise hackles in debates even now, more than three decades later.

A final aspect I thought was extremely well managed, even if only in passing / background, was the rise of tourism in Alpine Europe (the conference takes place in a small mountain village in either Austria or Switzerland, as far as I could tell) and the societal impact of this development. There is the obvious positive of increased wealth but there is also the complete hierarchical change between professions / traditional pillars of society and the farmers, especially the early adopters of tourism.

In my opinion anyone who has ever attended a scientific conference and is sufficiently honest about it will immediately recognize both the atmosphere and the authenticity of the characters and enjoy this immensely.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AK TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Jan. 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The book is simply brilliant. Koestler manages to play the role of an impartial observer, while it is clear all along that he has enough experience to speak as an insider on the comings and goings of the academic conference circuit. The characterisation of the participants is simply outstanding, the author being both kind and revealing of hteir motivations and foibles.

Another impressive aspect was how comfortable he was with all the subject matters being presented / discussed by his protagonists, showing a rare intellect and breadth of interest - in my experience most academics tend to find themselves on pretty thin ice, as soon as even a veneer of interdisciplinarity enters the equation.

Some of the topics chosen such as immediate steps for population control, both in terms of size (limiting the number of children) as well as governmental control of the populations under their aegis through suggestion / chemical methods must have been pretty risque when the book was released and would raise hackles in debates even now, more than three decades later.

A final aspect I thought was extremely well managed, even if only in passing / background, was the rise of tourism in Alpine Europe (the conference takes place in a small mountain village in either Austria or Switzerland, as far as I could tell) and the societal impact of this development. There is the obvious positive of increased wealth but there is also the complete hierarchical change between professions / traditional pillars of society and the farmers, especially the early adopters of tourism.

In my opinion anyone who has ever attended a scientific conference and is sufficiently honest about it will immediately recognise both the atmosphere and the autenthicity of the characters and enjoy this immensely.
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