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2081: A Hopeful View of the Human Future Hardcover – 1 May 1981

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Printing edition (May 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671242571
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671242572
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,346,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Written in 1981 in the heady early days of the Shuttle program this book none the less has come through quite well . We may not have Quakers heading to the outer solar system in 2023 but if Space X and other space agencies come through we may have something similar by 2070.
One prediction O'Neill got right is pollution free vehicles and the airship putting in a re-appearance .
However its not totally carefree as he mentions nuclear terrorism , something we have so far mercifully avoided to date.
In short this a good book written by a brilliant man who although he died in the early 90s still lives on in works such as this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Visionary ideas about transforming the terrestrial and space frontiers 15 May 2014
By Chad M - Published on
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I found this book when looking at notable futurists. Prof. O'Neill is known mostly for his ideas about space and lunar colonies yet it could be that the energy resources he envisioned for space are valuable right here on Earth. In this book he lays out ultra long-term resources. Among these are thorium breeder reactors and solar energy. Previously I had been hearing that nuclear fuels would only last about twenty years if the world depended on nuclear energy for all of its energy (a statement that assumed that only uranium based light-water reactors would be used). As Prof. O'Neill demonstrates, this plainly false; thorium is abundant in several ores in the Earth and can provide several thousand years of fuel. See also - "SuperFuel" by Richard Martin.
If a Princeton physicist such as Prof. O'Neill writes that these are valuable resources then I would say most people should carefully review these concepts. The terrestrial goals and pathways towards a hopeful year 2081 are still feasible. The publication date makes this book seem antiquated but O'Neill's concepts and vision are still far from common knowledge. If Prof. O'Neill builds a hopeful vision for 2081 will the people come and work for it?
5.0 out of 5 stars The book is a great read for what could have been in our future 3 Nov. 2014
By Grejam53 - Published on
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The book is a great read for what could have been in our future. The genius of Gerard O'Neill can not be adequately summed up in a paragraph. Mr. O'neill was a "yes we can" visionary. His answers to global problems is testament enough. His vision and the path to get there was founded on strong scientific achievement for the benefit of all of mankind. The sad thing is that the world hasn't lived up to it. The military industrial complex of mega corporations sanctioned by industrialized nations have used our brightest minds to create the deadliest threats our world can face. We see it almost daily on the news as nations play out their chess games for dwindling resources. Endless war, now called terrorism, fear and the promoted police state is such a far cry from what could have been of O'Neill. The world needs a 2nd renaissance. We need a lot more O'Neills.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding futurist book 8 Sept. 2000
By Thomas Gryn - Published on
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Very well-written book, especially for it's genre: too many futurist books are written by scientists who get bogged down in technical details to worry about how the book will "flow" for the reader. O'Neill avoids this by breaking up the chapters into halves; the first half of each is devoted to a first-hand narrative given by a fictional visitor from an distant space colony to 2081's Earth. This helps to introduce the reader to the innovations predicted by presenting them through the eyes of someone experiencing the future Earth for the first time. The second half of each chapter O'Neill uses to explain how the changes shown in the first half are a logical extension of our present-day world. There is also an excellent introductory chapter which reviews the history of predictions of the future, and how well others have done. The tone of the book is consistently optimistic without getting dreamy-eyed, which makes it all the more remarkable for having being published during a period where futurism was largely dominated by Malthusian doomsayers. Indeed, "2081" could be seen as a testimony of faith in the future of mankind, and is a fine legacy for the Nobel Prize-winning physicist. Top recommendation.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it as a kid. Still love it as an adult 35 years later. 3 Sept. 2016
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Loved this book when I first read it as a kid back in 1981. It's a fun read from a great futurist and even more fun to read through the eyes of someone reading it in 2016. Arrived in good condition as listed.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 27 Aug. 2015
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