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The wonderful future that never was : flying cars, mail delivery by parachute, and other predictions from the past

flying cars, mail delivery by parachute, and other predictions from the past

Published by Hearst Communications in New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

Between 1903 and 1969, scientists and other experts made hundreds of predictions in Popular 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, underground pneumatic tubes to replace garbage trucks, rooftop lakes that serve as air conditioning systems, clothes made from asbestos and aluminum, mail sorted by robots and delivered by parachutes. - Publisher.

Table of Contents

The city of the future
Home, sweet home of tomorrow
Mind and word become far-reaching and universal
Heavy water may prolong life
Airships to supersede battleships
This unfinished world.

Edition Notes

Includes index.

Genre
Forecasts
Other Titles
Popular mechanics, the wonderful future that never was, Popular mechanics, Popular mechanics magazine.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
609
Library of Congress
T174 .B453 2010

The Physical Object

Format
Hardcover
Pagination
207 p.
Dimensions
25 x x centimeters

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL24068756M
Internet Archive
wonderfulfuturet0000benf
ISBN 10
1588168220
ISBN 13
9781588168221
LC Control Number
2010003998
OCLC/WorldCat
522429255
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