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History's Worst Predictions: And the People Who Made Them
 
 
Author
Eric Chaline.
Publisher History Press  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.95 x 6.75 x 0.7 inches
ISBN 9780752459622
Pages/Publication Date 256/2011
Daedalus Item Code 32475
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Since the dawn of history, human civilization has had its great prophets. But whether they claim divine inspiration, employ scientific forecasting or computer modeling, or just use their own fertile imaginations, one thing they have in common is the ability to get their predictions spectacularly wrong. This entertaining, heavily illustrated chronicle unearths more than 50 future visions, in every aspect of human life, that have proven to be ridiculously far-fetched. In technology, in particular, there is not one major invention, from the railroad to the personal computer, that has not been written off as undoable, disastrous, or unfeasible. Here too are the ever-present (and thus far universally wrong) prophecies of the End of the World.
 
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