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Written in an easy-to-understand style, the book describes the nuances of technological development in a purely scientific manner and provides a social perspective to their relevance for future warfare and for issues such as disarmament and arms control, as well as their impact on the environment. The book begins with a focus on the research going on in several developed countries in the last decade—some of them for nearly two decades now—and then narrows its focus on India and a few developing countries.


Arthur C. Clarke (1917–2008), a great visionary, a brilliant science fiction writer and a great forecaster through his writings, compelled the scientific community in many parts of the world to think differently. This radar technician with the Royal Air Force during the Second World War foresaw communication satellites, a nationwide network of computers and interplanetary travel. He had predicted in the 1940s that there would be man on the moon by 1970s. His famous three laws of prediction which were first published in his ‘Profiles of the Future’ (1962) are as follows:

  • When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
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