ERIC Number: ED141121
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Science and the Challenges Ahead. Report of the National Science Board.
National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. National Science Board.
Man increasingly invents his own destiny. Among the areas currently needing urgent and sustained attention are the following: population, world food supply, energy, materials, climate, and the environment. The fact that the problems are global in scope indicates their pervasive and fundamental character as well as the difficulty confronting them. The first chapter reviews the more familiar challenges and discusses general aspects of the newer ones. The second chapter examines several problems encompassed in the broader challenge of man's increasing power. The nature and scope of each problem is discussed, and the past and potential role of science and technology in alleviating the problem is noted. The third chapter explores the adequacy of science and technology for helping to respond to such problems. Cancer and energy are taken as illustrative tests of the present capabilities of science and technology. The fourth chapter presents conclusions drawn from these assessments. The final chapter recommends actions and policies aimed at strengthening the scientific and technological response to present and future challenges. (Author/RH)
Descriptors: Energy, Environment, Health, Industry, Labor Needs, Natural Resources, Policy Formation, Population Trends, Scientific Research, Social Problems, Technology, Universities, World Problems
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. National Science Board.
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