Science and the Second Renaissance of Europe

Science and the Second Renaissance of Europe

1st Edition - January 1, 1979

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  • Author: A. Danzin
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483138473

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Science and the Second Renaissance of Europe focuses on the role of science in the cultural, economic, and social fabric of Europe. This book analyzes Europe's situation in areas such as demography, economics, and technology and demonstrates its vulnerability where space is limited and the balance of the environment easily upset. It argues that Europe lacks the primary resources essential for its development and will soon be facing serious demographic problems, and proposes a suitable policy for scientific and technical research. This book is divided into three sections and begins with a discussion on what the European identity can be and a reflection on its long-term consequences. A balance sheet showing Europe's political situation, demography, geographical and economic data, and capacity for innovation is presented. The idea-forces of Western European culture are also considered. The second section is a plea for European development based on the strength of European culture and the abilities of the Europeans. In this framework, emphasis is placed on intellectual activities, activities in information dissemination and processing, and cooperation with developing countries. The third section outlines a plan for science and technology that could lead to a Second Renaissance in the European Community. This monograph will be a valuable resource for scientists and science policymakers.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword





    Part I. The Search for the European Identity

    Chapter 1. The Balance-Sheet

    The Political Evolution

    Population Trends

    Geographical Data

    Economic Equilibria

    Capacity for Innovation

    The Challenging of Moral Values

    What are the Conclusions of the "Balance-Sheet"?

    Chapter 2. The Cultural Forces

    The Idea-Forces of Western Europe's Culture

    Attachment to Diversity

    Chapter 3. Aspirations to a New Development

    Free Time; The Hope for a New Development

    Information Activities: Free Scope for New Growth

    The Call for a New Development

    Euro-South Solidarity

    Competitiveness and Size

    Work and Quality of Life

    Mastery of Complexity

    Complexity and Policy

    Conclusions to Part I

    Part II. Proposals for Mild Treatment: A Community Scientific and Technical Policy


    Is European Research Competitive? Is it Correctly Oriented?

    Science Challenged

    An Attempt to Devise a Strategy of Priorities

    Catalysis of Research and Innovation

    National Strategies and Community Strategy

    Conclusions to Part II

    Conclusion. Towards the Second Renaissance?

Product details

  • No. of pages: 140
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1979
  • Published: January 1, 1979
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483138473

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