The State of the Planet

The State of the Planet

A Report Prepared for the International Federation of Institutes for Advanced Study (IFIAS), Stockholm

1st Edition - January 1, 1980

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  • Author: Alexander King
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483279404

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The State of the Planet provides an understanding of the problems that beset contemporary society. This book provides a series of significant studies on world problems, their complexity, and interaction. Organized into 11 chapters, this book begins with an overview of the problems of rapid population increase and the disparity between the rich and the poor countries of the world. This text then examines the major trends of society in various aspects, including rapid changes in the social, political, economic, and technological aspects. Other chapters consider the areas of interdependence between nations, between the problems they encounter in common, and between the disciplines of learning. This book discusses as well the political and social limits to man's achievements. The final chapter deals with the primary need to spread and deepen understanding of the difficulties and potential dangers within the world system. This book is a valuable resource for politicians, policy makers, and public servants.

Table of Contents

  • Preface to the Second Edition

    Preface to the First Edition

    1. The Darkest Shadows

    2. World Society in Transition

    3. Areas of Interdependence

    4. The Resource Base—The Carrying Capacity of the Planet

    5. Environment and Climate

    6. Human Resources—The Inner Limits

    7. The Political and Administrative Constraints

    8. The Potentialities and Limitations of Science and Technology

    9. Industry and Employment—The Next Revolution

    10. Emerging Patterns of Change

    11. The Way Ahead—Some Pointers to Survival


Product details

  • No. of pages: 142
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 2013
  • Published: January 1, 1980
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483279404

About the Author

Alexander King

Alex King is a professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Iowa State University. He earned his doctorate from Oxford University and did his post-doc work at both Oxford University and MIT. He went on to join the faculty at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he also served as the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies (Dean of the Graduate School). He was the Head of the School of Materials Engineering at Purdue from 1999 to 2007. From 2008 until 2013 he was the Director of DOE’s Ames Laboratory and became the Founding Director of the Critical Materials Institute from 2013 through 2018. Dr. King is a Fellow of the Institute of Mining Minerals and Materials; ASM International; and the Materials Research Society. He was also a Visiting Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science in 1996 and a US Department of State Jefferson Science Fellow for 2005-06. He served as the President of MRS in 2002, Chair of the University Materials Council of North America from 2006-07, Co-chair of the Gordon Conference on Physical Metallurgy in 2006, and Chair of the APS Interest Group on Energy Research and Applications for 2010. Dr. King was named the recipient of the 2019 Acta Materialia Hollomon Award for Materials and Society. Alex King delivered a TEDx talk on critical materials in 2013 and was the TMS & ASM Distinguished Lecturer on Materials and Society in 2017. He is currently a scientific adviser for Harvard’s Material Alchemy (described as “translating science into commercial products that use sustainable materials”) and a member of the Advisory Board of CHiMaD (the Center for Hierarchical Materials Design, funded by the Department of Commerce, and led by Northwestern University).

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Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Iowa State University, USA.

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