Contrasts: Soviet and American Thinkers Discuss the Future

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Contrasts: Soviet and American Thinkers Discuss the Future

Edited by Wiktor Osiatynski
Macmillan, 1984
219 pp. $19.95
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These are interviews which an enterprising Polish journalist held with some prominent scientists and intellectuals in the U.S. and in the U.S.S.R. Covering topics such as the evolution and future of man, genetics and experimental medicine, and the potentials of technology, the interviews are interesting in themselves, provide some points of comparison between Soviet and American approaches, and give indications, as the author sees it, of a new infusion of human values into scientific thought. For the most part the distinguished participants stay away from current topics of international relations-which is somewhat surprising considering that the American contributors include Linus Pauling, Noam Chomsky and J. K. Galbraith.