The rational optimist : how prosperity evolves / Matt Ridley.
1st U.S. ed.
New York : Harper, 2010.
438 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Formatted Contents Note
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.
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.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references and index.