The Limits to growth: A report for the Club of Rome's Project on the Predicament of Mankind Paperback – 1972
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The commission was given to an MIT Project Team under the direction of Professor Dennis Meadows with financial support from the Volkswagen Foundation. The team's brief was to examine five basic variables that the Club of Rome considered would influence the shape of growth for planet earth in the foreseeable future. The five variables of growth were population, agricultural production, natural resources, industrial production and pollution.
The MIT team ran these variables through a computer model (World 3)which attempted to trace the interactive systems. The book is essentially an explantion of their findings. It starts with an explanation of the nature of exponential growth and highlights how people are much more familiar with the characteristics of linear growth and fail to appreciate the realities of the characteristics and speed with which exponential growth can develop in its more advanced stages. To illustrate the point, the book tells the famous story regarding the Persian courtier who presented a beautiful chessboard to his king. The king in turn was asked to give him one grain of rice for the first square of the board, 2 for the second, 4 for the third and so on. The king readily agreed thinking that this was a small price to show his appreciation.Read more ›
One would be very hard pushed to name a government entity that does not see growth as a byword for economic wellbeing. This has been symptomatic of society's response to the issue throughout the industrial era: when things are going well, put your head in the sand and pretend that things will be this way forever - that you can have boom without bust; that, as long as the market demands it, there will always be more resources; that more of everything is the best measure of a successful society.
While only the sudden onset of recession (very briefly!) inspired the Western media to re-examine the economic model of its society, the computations put forth by the scientists at MIT for the Club of Rome, made in an era of scarce extant data, have only become better supported by the passing of time and new information becoming available.Read more ›
Despite the limitations of the information available to the authors, some forecasts have proved surprisingly accurate - such as that the population would reach over 6 billion by the year 2000 - which it did. There are a number of other forecasts that researches have since found to be surprisingly accurate.
It is time that this work is taken seriously. It is foolishness to believe that technology alone can resolve the problems of overshoot before it produces serious effects on our standard of living. Signs of overshoot have already begun, as you can easily see from reading the book. For example pay attention to hypothetical impacts on services and think of the NHS in the UK and or medicare/aid in the US.Read more ›
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uncannily prophetic and very easy to read for a non economist. Written in 1969 before computers and the ability to manage data in the same way as today.Published 19 months ago by IAN WHITE
Seller of the book took 5 weeks longer to deliver the product, which was way over the expected delivery. Read morePublished 19 months ago by James Whiston
I was after this book for a class I am giving. It is a great read and the model descriptions are easy to understand, whilst the inherent messages are clear. Read morePublished on 21 Feb. 2011 by OKnox