Books: Quo Vadis

AN INQUIRY INTO THE HUMAN PROSPECT by ROBERT L. HEILBRONER 150 pages. Norton. $5.95.

This short, urgent essay on the world's chances for survival has all the cheerfulness of a medical warning de livered to a middle-aged man after a bad checkup. "Slow down," Doc Heilbroner in effect says to the human race. "You're not the kid you once were. You can't burn the candle at both ends any more — maybe not even at one end, the way your energy resources are going. And you'll have to trim down that population bulge. Keep...

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