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Author LinkRidley, Matt.
Title LinkThe rational optimist : how prosperity evolves / Matt Ridley.
Edition 1st Harper Perennial ed.
Imprint New York : Harper Perennial, 2011.
Description 453, 10 p. :  ill., charts ;  21 cm.
Type of Material Book
Gen. Note Includes P.S.: insights, interviews & more.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Contents: Prologue : when ideas have sex -- A better today : the unprecedented present -- The collective brain : exchange and specialisation after 200,000 years ago -- The manufacture of virtue : barter, trust, and rules after 50,000 years ago -- The feeding of the nine billion : farming after 10,000 years ago -- The triumph of cities : trade after 5,000 years ago -- Escaping Malthus’s trap : population after 1200 -- The release of slaves : energy after 1700 -- The invention of invention : increasing returns after 1800 -- Turning points : pessimism after 1900 -- The two great pessimisms of today : Africa and climate after 2010 -- The catallaxy : rational optimism about 2100.
Summary The "New York Times"-bestselling author of "Genome" and "The Red Queen" offers a provocative case for an economics of hope, arguing that the benefits of commerce, technology, innovation, and change--cultural evolution--will inevitably increase human prosperity.
Subject LinkWealth.
LinkPractical reason.
LinkOptimism.

System Number 000663407
ISBN Link9780061452062 (pbk.)
Link0061452068 (pbk.)

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