A Guess with a College Education the E=mc2of Prognostication

Pages: 216
Language: English
Publication date: 30/11/-0001
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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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Richard Lincoln Handy was born in Chariton, Iowa, but since that was a long time ago he has no recollection. He grew up in Des Moines, attended Roosevelt H.S. and then graduated from Clayton H.S. in Missouri, and all he can remember is that it was very hot.  Dick enrolled in Iowa State University before it was a University, and drifted from engineering to geology with a dash of soil science and bit of journalism. As luck would have it, he was in a class taught by Leonard Feinberg, an internationally known scholar of humor and satire. They became close friends.
After obtaining a Ph.D. in 1956, Dick was appointed an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering. As part of his duties he was  named to various committees including a committee-committee that was set up to organize the committees, which may have been part of the transition from being a College to being a University. That was when Dick quit going to committee meetings, which gave him a lot of free time for haircuts and contemplation. He went up through the ranks, no pun intended, clicking into full Professor in 1983 as a consequence of putting on a little extra weight. In 1986 he was named a Distinguished Professor as a step toward early retirement.

Meanwhile Dick put out the usual drivel of technical papers and textbooks, and some extraneous drivel in a newsletter called "Screenings" and a book, "The Day the Houser Fell," that slipped in some jokes. Dick retired from classroom teaching in 1991 but since he had accumulated a bunch of patents he has a company that manufactures and sell some of his inventions but they are highly specialized. He is a great-grandfather but and has no further plans.

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