FORE, AND THE FUTURE OF PRACTICALLY EVERYTHING
A Guess with a College Education the E=mc2of Prognostication
Publication date: 30/11/-0001
A NEW WAY TO PROJECT INFORMATION INTO THE FUTURE: APPLIES TO ALMOST EVERYTHING.
Imagine a book that scientifically projects information from the past into the future, while tossing in pungent comments like, 'The brain is supposed to use a lot of calories, but as far as we can tell nobody has been trying very hard to lose weight by thinking.' The book is 'FORE, and the Future of Practically Everything,' where FORE stands for 'first-order rate equation.' The author is Dr. Richard Handy, a noted Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Iowa State University. His book can land on any number of different shelves in a bookstore with topics ranging from petroleum production to pole vaulting, from home run hitting to life expectancy and the rise in sea level. Always eager to introduce difficult concepts, the author describes logarithms as 'a choral group of lumberjacks who cap off each performance by cutting down a tree.' There has never been another book quite like this one. Handy emphasizes that FORE uses an analytical instead of an empirical approach, which can increase accuracy by orders of magnitude. 'Analytical is like e = mc2; empirical is like diet research where results can change with the evening news.' Mathematical details of FORE are in an Appendix. This really is a 'book for all seasons.
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