Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Our New Renaissance by Ian Goldin

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Read Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Our New Renaissance Online Free - The present is a contest between the bright and dark sides of discovery. To avoid being torn apart by its stresses, we need to recognize the fact—and gain courage and wisdom from the past. Age of Discovery shows how.

Now is the best moment in history to be alive, but we have never felt more anxious or divided. Human health, aggregate wealth and education are flourishing. Scientific discovery is racing forward. But the same global flows of trade, capital, people and ideas that make gains possible for some people deliver big losses to others—and make us all more vulnerable to one another.

Business and science are working giant revolutions upon our societies, but our politics and institutions evolve at a much slower pace. That’s why, in a moment when everyone ought to be celebrating giant global gains, many of us are righteously angry at being left out and stressed about where we’re headed.

To make sense of present shocks, we need to step back and recognize: we’ve been here before. The first Renaissance, the time of Columbus, Copernicus, Gutenberg and others, likewise redrew all maps of the world, democratized communication and sparked a flourishing of creative achievement. But their world also grappled with the same dark side of rapid change: social division, political extremism, insecurity, pandemics and other unintended consequences of discovery.

Now is the second Renaissance. We can still flourish—if we learn from the first.

Title : Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Our New Renaissance
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ISBN : 1250085098
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 pages


Darren rated it ★★★★★

July 05, 2016

Society is presently at a crossroads, despite economic and political problems around the world. Development potential is at a high, technology is changing our world at a breakneck pace and we are in a fast-moving age of discovery. The authors of this fascinating, incisive book believe that we may...

Gary rated it ★★★★★

May 26, 2016

As a history buff, I picked this up a couple days ago, even though the European Renaissance isn’t usually my preferred era to read up on. I wasn’t disappointed by the history, but I was wonderfully surprised by the comparative account the book gives of the present day, of medical and scientific a...

Joe rated it ★★★★★

May 22, 2016

"The present is not merely a repeat of the past, but neither does humanity reinvent itself with each new generation. Circumstances change technologies change; but our deep purposes remain more stable, and that is why we can paper back into history and bring back important lessons for the present....

Prasanna rated it ★★★★★

May 18, 2016

Age of Discovery is a must read for science buffs and leaders. It details our scientific achievements from the Renaissance era and shows us how today, once again, conditions are ripe for creating a new golden age that will be remembered for centuries in future. But while drawing these comparisons...

J. rated it ★★★★★

March 26, 2016

Goldin and Kutarna have written a powerful, inciteful, interesting, and readable book. This book considers the renaissance of the past and the thesis is that we are living in the renaissance of today. It is wonderful to read about the comparisons of the two and how they think we can grow into thi...

D.L. rated it ★★★★★

July 13, 2016

The years 1450 through 1550 mark the height of the Renaissance. The recently invented printing press encouraged literacy and facilitated communication. Larger ships brought about increases in trade and migration. New technologies such as the telescope enabled startling discoveries, and informatio...

Chouba rated it ★★★★★

July 31, 2017

the book is about comparing the Renaissance challenges and turmoil to our current time. Ian Goldin gathered a huge collection of numbers and statistics, if you are part of few who make their mind and take decision based on numbers this book is a paradise. Here is some quote and fact that I’ve coll...

T. rated it ★★★☆☆

January 04, 2017

I found this an interesting book, particularly the descriptions of the many uses that are being made of advanced technology, especially nanotechnology and the application of quantum physics. While I was generally aware of some of these new developments, I was really amazed at the authors' more th...

Glib rated it ★★★★★

July 28, 2016

Incredible Seems like a book of the year. Outstanding work and a must read.

Fred rated it ★★★★★

November 27, 2016

There are some books that analyse the recent past and our near future in an excellent - positive - way. This book belongs to them.

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