The Ingenuity
Gap
Reviews

"The Ingenuity Gap," Harold Heft, Southam News

"Headed for the future in an out-of-control DC-10," William Watson, The National Post

"Future Complex," Brian Bethune, Maclean's

"Things fall apart," Thomas P. Hughes, Washington Post

"This gap seems more like the Grand Canyon," David Goldblatt, The Independent, London, UK

"We might have outsmarted ourselves," Kevin Maney, USA Today

"Worrying efficiently," Barbara Boyle Torrey, Issues in Science and Technology

"Giving us an earthly chance," Jon Turney, The Times Higher Education Supplement, London, UK


Reviews
  • "This remarkable work, based on an impressive amount of scholarship, travel, and interviews, is the most persuasive forecast of the twenty-first century I have seen. Homer-Dixon looks beyond the miracle of technological and economic growth to the vast complexities of the real world that will increasingly put even the most advanced societies at risk."
    Edward O. Wilson, Harvard University

  • "Homer-Dixon explores how the soaring complexities of our world create monumental challenges for our institutions and governments. This is a powerful book -- an intellectual, emotional, and spiritual journey to find answers to some of the most pressing problems of our time."
    Senator Timothy E. Wirth, President, The United Nations Foundation

  • "The Ingenuity Gap is a compelling and accessible book that introduces a very big and timely idea. Homer-Dixon is superbly qualified to explore the ways in which population pressures, environmental degradation and social unrest limit humanity's ability to deploy human ingenuity just when we need it most."
    Eugene Linden, Author of The Future in Plain Sight, Senior environment correspondent for TIME

  • "At the beginning of the last century that great seer, H. G. Wells, wrote that humankind was engaged in a race between education and disaster. The world, he sensed, was becoming ever more complex and harder to manage. Each new invention brought unintended and often calamitous consequences as well as material benefits, and human minds could not always keep pace with the knowledge explosion.
    A hundred years later, and with the world changing at a much faster pace than in Wells' time, The Ingenuity Gap offers an updated caution against human hubris. Homer-Dixon's casual, sometimes anecdotal prose is undergirded by serious scientific data and a truly global range of case-studies suggesting that the world is becoming a lot more complex than our minds can grasp or our capacities can handle. Recommended reading for those who are still in a millennial party mood."
    Paul Kennedy, Director, International Security Program, Yale University

  • "Tad Homer-Dixon's The Ingenuity Gap is an informative, very readable personal tour of a world growing so rapidly in complexity that new solutions become badly needed at an ever-increasing global rate. Science, economics, politics, social organization, cities and the natural world, the rich/poor and information divides, environmental decay--all raising provocative questions whether mankind's ingenuity which has served so well in the past is up to these multiple challenges in the coming decades."
    F. Sherwood Rowland, University of California, Irvine, Nobel Laureate, Chemistry, 1995

  • "Tad Homer Dixon is a rare kind of public intellectual, who combines real expertise with a commitment to communicate to the widest possible readership. In The Ingenuity Gap he wants us all to wake-up to the fearful possibility that our blithe trust in science and technology may be misplaced. Human ingenuity may not be capable of coping with two emerging crises of this century and the next: population growth and environmental despoliation. Read Homer Dixon's wake-up call and you will see the future very differently."
    Michael Ignatieff

  • "An idea is only an idea if it causes unease, debate, and reflection. By that standard, Thomas Homer-Dixon's concept of an "ingenuity gap" is truly a new idea. I can think of no other new concept that so fully condenses all of the challenges we face as a human civilization than the "ingenuity gap." Homer-Dixon has found a way to unite all of our concerns about economics, war, population growth, complexity, etc. under a single heading. He is one of an elite group of academics who can write for a mass audience."
    Robert Kaplan

  • "In this book, my University of Toronto colleague, Thomas Homer-Dixon presents a most timely and compelling case for increasing nonlinearity and complexity in our lives. As my research shows, the path between the present and the future is seldom linear, being subject to booms and busts along the way. While a single module, such as the population system, may be relatively easy to explain, understanding its interaction with other social, economic, and environmental systems can be much more complex. Professor Homer-Dixon challenges the growing human race to develop the necessary ingenuity, particularly in our economic and social institutions, to address these emerging complexities. Our future likely depends on listening to him."
    David K. Foot, Author of Boom, Bust & Echo


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