Future Shock Author:Alvin Toffler The good society recedes as we advance. Help, however, is on the way. When it arrives it will be of more value than a billion dollar loan - an American book that will, I confidently predict, reshape our thinking even more radically than John Kenneth Galbraith's The Affluent Society did in the 1950's. Its central concept is encapsulated in its t... more »itle. It is called, with deceptive simplicity, Future Shock. What is happening to us, argues its author, AT, is that the future is arriving too fast and its arrival is not properly coordinated. Mr. Toffler is the most articulate member of a group of American 'underground sociologists' (as they are sometime described) who are fashioning a new social science geared to planning for quality in society.
Tuture Shock is more than a book, and it will do more than send reviewers raving for a month before it finds its place on the standard works shelves of university libraries. It is a spectacular outcrop of a formidable, organized intellectual effort - an effort that welds together the separate disciplines flowing into it.
For the first time in history scientists are marrying the insights of artists, poets, dramatists, and novelists to statistical analysis and operational research. The two cultures have met and are being merged. AT is one of the first exhilarating liberating results.« less