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The rational optimist : how prosperity evolves / Matt Ridley.

  • Ridley, Matt.
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About this work


The "New York Times"-bestselling author of "Genome" and "The Red Queen" offers a provocative case for an economics of hope, arguing that the benefits of commerce, technology, innovation, and change--cultural evolution--will inevitably increase human prosperity.


New York : Harper, 2010.

Physical description

438 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm



1st U.S. ed.


Originally published in Great Britain by Fouth Estate, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references and index.


Prologue : when ideas have sex -- 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.


  • English

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