The Elusive Transformation: Science, Technology, and the Evolution of International Politics

An ambitious, if ponderously written, treatise on a subject of growing interest in the study of international relations. After a look at the theoretical and grand historical issues related to the subject, the author explores national security, economic and ecological issues, concluding with a discussion of how government organizations deal with science and technology in international affairs. As the author points out, science and technology do not of themselves cause anything; what counts is how individuals and organizations use them. This sensible point undermines the rationale for the book as a unified exposition on a single subject, rather than a series of discrete essays. The author concludes that the "quest for knowledge" will continue, that "nations will have to cope with the results," and that "the one predictable constant will be change." Probably correct, but not very exciting.

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