The Rational Optimist : How Prosperity Evolves
Life is on the up.
We are wealthier, healthier, happier, kinder, cleaner, more peaceful, more equal and longer-lived than any previous generation. Thanks to the unique human habits of exchange and specialisation, our species has found innovative solutions to every obstacle it has faced so far.
In `The Rational Optimist', acclaimed science writer Matt Ridley comprehensively refutes the doom-mongers of our time, and reaches back into the past to give a rational explanation for why we can - and will - overcome the challenges of the future, such as climate change and the population boom.
Bold and controversial, it is a brilliantly confident assertion that the 21st century will be the best for humankind yet.
- Paperback | 464 pages
- 128 x 194 x 34mm | 322.05g
- 01 Apr 2011
- HarperCollins Publishers
- FOURTH ESTATE LTD
- London, United Kingdom
- w. figs.
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`A glorious defence of our species... a devastating rebuke to humanity's self-haters' Sunday Times
`No other book has argued with such brilliance against the automatic pessimism that prevails' Ian McEwan
`His theory is, in a way, the glorious offspring that would result if Charles Darwin's ideas were mated with those of Adam Smith' The Economist
`Original, clever and controversial' Guardian
`As a work of bold historical positivity it is to be welcomed. At every point cheerfulness keeps breaking through' The Times
About Matt Ridley