Michael H. Hart A View from the Year 3000

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A View from the Year 3000

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9780967107714: A View from the Year 3000

This book speculates about the important inventions, scientific discoveries, and political and social developments, which may occur during the coming millennium. It does this by presenting -- through the eyes of a fictitious author living in the year 3000 -- a list of the 100 men and women who have had the greatest impact on world history and on the everyday lives of individuals.

The hundred persons are ranked in order of their influence. The main section of the book consists of short biographies of those 100 persons, describing what each person accomplished, and why that person is so important.

Forty-five of the entries are actual historical personages. These include such well known figures as Jesus Christ, Confucius, Charles Darwin, Christopher Columbus, Albert Einstein, and George Washington.

Among the fifty-five entries from the third millennium are: Sue Ellen Green (who develops a cancer vaccine); Miguel Carranza (chief founder of the United World Federation); Stella Ricardo Garcia (architect and formscaper); Mika Kivikoski (who develops the technology to control the weather); and Shu Gungwu (who finds the solution to the baffling "mind-body problem").

Other topics treated include: space travel and space colonies; medical advances (such as artificial organs, and reversible sex-change operations); arts and entertainment (including music, literature, the visual arts, and sports and games); solar power; philosophy (including political theory, epistemology, semantics, and ethics); mathematics, pollution control, robots, brainwashing; nuclear warfare; robots; and artificial intelligence.

The book includes a historical chart (listing the main events of both the actual past and the projected future), a list of honorable mentions (and their accomplishments); a glossary, and an extensive index.

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From the Author:

This book is a sort of sequel to my first book, "The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History." The format of the two books is almost identical; but whereas the first book covered only the past (and was therefore non-fiction) this book attempts to peer into the future as well as the past (and is therefore an unusual combination of non-fiction and fiction). I expect that those of you who read my first book will find this one even more thought-provoking.

About the Author:

Michael H. Hart was born in New York City in 1932. He received a bachelor's degree from Cornell University, where he majored in mathematics. He later received a Ph.D. in astronomy from Princeton University. He also has an M.S. in physics, and M.S. in computer science, and a law degree. He has worked at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt, Maryland; at Computer Science Corporation, in Falls Church, Virginia; and at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, in Boulder, Colorado.

Dr. Hart is the author of "The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History" (1978, Hart Publishing Company; revised edition, 1992, Citadel Press). He is also co-editor (and part author) of the anthology "Extraterrestrials: Where Are They?" (1982, Pergamon Press; revised edition, 1995, Cambridge University Press). In addition, he has published a variety of technical articles in scientific journals.

Dr. Hart was for many years a college professor. He taught courses in astronomy, in physics, and in the history of science. He is now a full-time writer.

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