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To-day and To-morrow

Entry updated 29 September 2020. Tagged: Publication.

This relatively early venture in popular Futures Studies comprises a series of eighty-six hardback monographs published from 1923 by the London house Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner and Company. In these slim volumes, Scientists and others speculated (not always entirely seriously) about the future. Contributions to To-day and To-morrow by authors with entries in this encyclopedia are listed below. Perhaps the most strikingly forward-looking and intermittently prophetic of all these is J D Bernal's The World, the Flesh and the Devil: An Enquiry into the Future of the Three Enemies of the Rational Soul (1929 chap). J B S Haldane's Daedalus; Or, Science and the Future (1923 chap), the first title in the series, is also of great interest. So is the second, Bertrand Russell's Icarus; Or, the Future of Science (1924 chap) – described in the publisher's dustjacket copy as "a companion volume to Mr Haldane's Daedalus" but in fact, as signalled by its title, a riposte to the earlier volume's expression of optimism. [DRL]

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