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VISIONS OF THE FUTURE In the early 1900s by the end of the Cold War people might have not been yet aware of the problems of the future Robert Heilbroner an Economist became concerned about some of these problems One of the main problems that Heilbroner raises about the future in his book Visions of the Future is the fear in society created by science Unlike in the book Candide where Voltaire is optimistic Heilbroner has a tendency to take the gloomiest possible view of what the future holds In Heilbroners point of view science and technology is slowly taking over the power of human kind Heilbroner brings out the topic and his main concerns about the visions of the future Still only one hundred years ago people were blindly optimistic about science All work and products were created by man People were not so concerned about making their work more efficient easier or better productive The Scientific Revolution began to change many opinion of views of the people The Scientific Revolution shaped the modern world by introducing mathematical and scientific theories The formation of the empirical method reason and the laws of nature such as mathematical formulas brought about more sense of thinking Great thinkers and mathematicians such as Copernicus Kepler Galileo Bacon Descartes Newton etc are just of the few who expanded ideas They began to use the inductive method as a step-by-step to their understandings The new outlook generated by the Scientific Revolution served as the foundation of the Enlightenment The Scientific Revolution gave thinkers great confidence in the power of the mind which had discovered natures laws reinforcing the confidence in human abilities expressed by Renaissance humanists In time it was believed the scientific method would unlock all natures secrets and humanity gaining ever greater knowledge and control of nature would progress rapidly Science and Technology has driven things in the 20th century Technological and Scientific contribution
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