Books: The Shape of Tomorrow

THE YEAR 2000 by Herman Kahn and Anthony J. Wiener. 431 pages. A/lacmi/-lan. $9.95.

The 20th century is approaching old age. Just 33 years away lies the birth of a new millennium, an event that will be witnessed by two out of every three Americans alive today. Even the most farsighted among them cannot accurately predict what the world will be like then. But in the fast-expanding new field called futurism, the once mystical art of soothsaying has developed a scientific approach.

The authors of The Year 2000 are two professional prophets; the future is their province and their discipline. Herman Kahn, 45,...

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