The Wonderful Future That Never Was

The Wonderful Future That Never Was

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Between 1903 and 1969, scientists and other experts made hundreds of predictions inPopular Mechanics magazine about what the future would hold. Their forecasts ranged from ruefully funny to eerily prescient and optimistically utopian. Here are the very best of them, culled from hundreds of articles, complete with the original, visually stunning retro art. They will capture the imagination of futurists in the same way Jules Verne's writing did a century earlier. Every chapter features an introduction by astrophysics professor, science-fiction author, and former NASA advisor Gregory Benford.

PAST PREDICTIONS OF OUR FUTURE INCLUDE:
Skyscrapers so tall they'll have their own climate o Underground pneumatic tubes to replace garbage trucks o Rooftop lakes that serve as air conditioning systems o Clothes made from asbestos and aluminum o Mail sorted by robots and delivered by parachutes


Baker & Taylor
Collects predictions of future technology that appeared in the pages of "Popular Mechanics" magazine between 1903 and 1970, describing possible technological innovations that range from hilariously wrong to amazingly accurate.

Baker
& Taylor

Reveals predictions made in "Popular Mechanics" magazine between 1903 and 1969 about what the future would hold! "Surrounded by wonders and a fast-evolving culture of innovation, it's just as chalenging today for us to imagine the next century as it musthave been for our early 20th century colleagues to envision the fabled year 2000."-- P. 6.

Publisher: New York, NY : Hearst Books, c2010
ISBN: 9781588168221
1588168220
Branch Call Number: 609 B436w
Characteristics: 207 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm

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StevenRobinson
Dec 14, 2011

Was cute for about 10 minutes, then quickly devolved into boring for me. Very repetitive.

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