Book – The Image of the Future

Polak, F. L. (1973). The image of the future. Amsterdam: Elsevier Scientific Publ. Comp.

Fred Polak published his essential work ‘The Image of the Future’ in 1955 in two volumes in Dutch, before Elise Boulding translated it in 1961 and then published it again in 1973 in an abridged version. The Image of the Future examines social images of the future throughout history and their influence on cultural development.

Fun fact: The abridged version is freely available as a PDF. But it seems to be based on a bad OCR scanning with lots of errors. The world is still waiting for a hero to find one of those rare print versions and do a proper scan.

Key concept: Pull of the Future

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