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The World of the Solar Age

Carle C. Zimmerman
Social Science
Vol. 53, No. 4 (AUTUMN 1978), pp. 195-206
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41886308
Page Count: 12
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Abstract

In the early years of the now ending Industrial Revolution, Hegel, Comte, and Marx suggested that, in the future, scientists were to guide the world. Now the old era is over because of exhaustion of fossil fuels and easily gained materials. Leaders in the American Association for the Advancement of Science are planning alternative sources of energy—since abundant energy means adequate material supplies. This study suggests that, in the long run, the new source has to be solar power—from its diverse manifestations. Alternative fossil sources are only partial or temporary and all are opposed by large publics both in the USA and Europe. The analysis here lays the background for the understanding of the main social changes in the Solar Age World. Thus, science is playing the role earlier envisaged, but this leaves open the question of whether the world will follow its leadership. Under any circumstances, social changes will be vast in both the developed and the nonindustrial worlds.

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