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Rational optimist: how prosperity evolves

Author: Ridley, Matt Publisher: HarperCollins, 2010.Language: EnglishDescription: 438 p. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9780061452055Type of document: BookBibliography/Index: Includes index
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Book Asia Campus
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Print HB251 .R53 2010
(Browse shelf)
Available 900196932
Book Europe Campus
Main Collection
Print HB251 .R53 2010
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Available 32419001273021
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Includes index


The Rational Optimist How Prosperity Evolves Contents Prologue: when ideas have sex 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 A better today: the unprecedented present The collective brain: exchange and specialisation after 200,000 years ago The manufacture of virtue: barter, trust and rules after 50,000 years ago The feeding of the nine billion: farming after 10,000 years ago The triumph of cities: trade after 5,000 years ago Escaping Malthus's trap: population after 1200 The release of slaves: energy after 1700 The invention of invention: increasing returns after 1800 Turning points: pessimism after 1900 The two great pessimisms of today: Africa and climate after 2010 The catallaxy: rational optimism about 2100 11 47 85 121 157 191 213 247 279 313 349 Acknowledgements 361 Notes and references 363 Index 421

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