- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Perseus Books; First Edition edition (14 May 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0738200956
- ISBN-13: 978-0738200958
- Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14.6 x 24.8 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,286,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Pursuit of Destiny: A History of Prediction Hardcover – 14 May 2000
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A far-reaching chronicle of our quest to predict the future
the Pursuit of Destiny is a history of the science of forecasting, from its roots in ancient prophecy to the latest anticipatory schemes. From Chaos Theory to the Kabbala, and from Neural Networks to Numerology, no avenue of prediction is unexplored. Time travel paradoxes, and questions of determinism and fate are offered special looks. The book culminates in an exploration of astronomers' efforts to unravel the far future of the universe. How much of our destinies might we know in advance? Are we masters of fate or merely its servants? The Pursuit of Destiny offers intriguing possible answers to these riddles.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
The guy knows how to make you think. This book is full of profound ideas but is easy to digest, eminently readable and leaves you wanting more. A kaleidoscope of human endeavor is distilled to 233 pages of spellbinding tapestry, woven in rich detail for those captivated by history, science and the quest for life's meaning.
What "threats" is this reviewer talking about? The two pages that talked about the threat of nuclear war? The author's own introduction states that the book examines "how relativity, quantum theory, chaos theory, complexity theory, cosmology, and other aspects of modern physics have affected our longstanding quest to comprehend our fate."
Don't expect this book to shed genuine insight into futuristic questions such as: what technologies will we have? what could send society back into the dark ages? what will come of those who are currently repressed?