This book presents essays related to major contributions of Harrison Brown in the physical sciences, global resource problems, and international cooperation for better understanding of the common problems facing humanity and to provide better solutions to them.
Part One: Earth, Planets, and Cosmos 1. The Early Years: Chicago and Pasadena 2. Harrison Brown and the Astronomers 3. The Abundances of the Elements and Some Reflections on the Cosmogony of the Solar System 4. Evidence for Ring Systems Orbiting Earth in the Geologic Past Part Two: Dimensions of the Human Predicament: Population, Resources, and Environment 5. Harrison Brown's Role in the Manhattan Project 6. Burning the Rocks Forty Years Later 7. Energy and the Human Predicament 8. Soil Dynamics and Sustainable Carrying Capacity of Earth 9. Speculating on the Global Resource Future Part Three: International Cooperation and the Human Future 10. The Cooperative Imperative in Science and Technology 11. Science, Technology, and Endogenous Development: Some Notes on the Objectives and the Possibilities 12. Toward Institutions of Unity for the Global Commons 13. International Collaborative Research: The Experience of the Resource Systems Institute