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The Resource Looking forward : prediction and uncertainty in modern America, Jamie L. Pietruska

Looking forward : prediction and uncertainty in modern America, Jamie L. Pietruska

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Looking forward : prediction and uncertainty in modern America
Title
Looking forward
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prediction and uncertainty in modern America
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Jamie L. Pietruska
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Language
eng
Summary
In the decades after the Civil War, the world experienced monumental changes in industry, trade, and governance. As Americans faced this uncertain future, public debate sprang up over the accuracy and value of predictions, asking whether it was possible to look into the future with any degree of certainty. In Looking Forward, Jamie L. Pietruska uncovers a culture of prediction in the modern era, where forecasts became commonplace as crop forecasters, "weather prophets," business forecasters, utopian novelists, and fortune-tellers produced and sold their visions of the future. Private and government forecasters competed for authority--as well as for an audience--and a single prediction could make or break a forecaster's reputation. Pietruska argues that this late nineteenth-century quest for future certainty had an especially ironic consequence: it led Americans to accept uncertainty as an inescapable part of both forecasting and twentieth-century economic and cultural life. Drawing together histories of science, technology, capitalism, environment, and culture, Looking Forward explores how forecasts functioned as new forms of knowledge and risk management tools that sometimes mitigated, but at other times exacerbated, the very uncertainties they were designed to conquer. Ultimately Pietruska shows how Americans came to understand the future itself as predictable, yet still uncertain. -- !c From book jacket
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ICU/DLC
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  • illustrations
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Index
index present
LC call number
CB158
LC item number
.P54 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Looking forward : prediction and uncertainty in modern America, Jamie L. Pietruska
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: crisis of certainty -- Cotton guesses -- The daily "probabilities" -- Weather prophecies -- Economies of the future -- Promises of love and money -- Epilogue: specters of uncertainty
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Dimensions
24 cm
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Extent
xiii, 280 pages
Isbn
9780226475004
Lccn
2017018833
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)975860407

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