First published in 1982. Recognizing that science and technology have become increasingly relevant to important public policy issues, Congress has mandated the periodic preparation of a “Five Year Outlook for Science and Technology” to help U.S. policymakers anticipate and deal with these issues more effectively. This book, the result of a study conducted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science for the second such “Outlook,” identifies and explores domestic and international policy concerns in which science and technology are critical factors. The authors’ interdisciplinary, nontechnical approach provides policymakers, students and others interested in science, technology and public affairs with a timely overview of nine areas that are likely to become the world’s most pressing concerns over the years.
Also of Interest -- American Association for the Advancement of Science: Five Year Outlook Project -- Preface -- Observations: Racing the Time Constants -- Applying Science and Technology to Public Purposes -- Applying Science and Technology to Public Purposes: A Synthesis -- The Institutional Climate for Innovation in Industry: The Role of Management Attitudes and Practices -- Decision Making with Modern Information and Communications Technology: Opportunities and Constraints -- Relations of Science, Government and Industry: The Case of Recombinant DNA -- Choosing Our Pleasures and Our Poisons: Risk Assessment for the 1980s -- Science, Technology and International Security -- Science, Technology and International Security: A Synthesis -- U.S. Policy Toward Scientific and Technological Development in the Developing Countries: The Case for Mutual Benefit -- U.S. Agriculture in the Context of the World Food Situation -- Trends and Prospects in World Population -- International Security Implications of Materials and Energy Resource Depletion -- Science and National Defense: A Speculative Essay and Discussion -- Appendixes -- Workshop Participants -- AAAS Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy