X-Message-Number: 12115
Date: Sun, 11 Jul 1999 19:05:29 EDT
Subject: New Hart Book

A VIEW FROM THE YEAR 3000 is the title of the new book by Michael H. Hart. To 
read about it or order it, please go to the CI web site, What to Read, and 
use the Amazon link near the bottom of the page.

Prof. Hart is a long-time CI member, and a member of our Board of Directors. 
His degrees include B.S. physics, M.S. physics, M.S. computer science, J.D. 
(he practiced law before deciding he liked science better), and Ph.D. 
astronomy (Princeton). He was a college professor for many years; currently 
he spends his time writing. 

Besides his articles in scientific journals, he co-edited a previous book, 
EXTRA-TERRESTRIALS, WHERE ARE THEY, revised edition Cambridge U. Press 1995. 
(He thinks probably there's nobody here but us chickens.) 

The precursor to his latest book was his THE 100: A RANKING OF THE MOST 
INFLUENTIAL PERSONS IN HISTORY, revised edition Citadel Press 1992, which has 
been published in at least eight foreign languages. 

THE 100 looked back 5,000 years; A VIEW FROM THE YEAR 3000 adds the third 
millennium as the author imagines it might develop. It's lots of fun, with 
interesting perspectives on past history and future possibilities. 

In his earlier book, the most influential person was Muhammad, with Jesus 
second. His reasoning was that, even though Christianity was more important 
in history than Islam, Muhammad was a one-man show, while the influence of 
Jesus depended more on the help of others. In the new book, there is a new 
No. 1--a Chinese who develops a fully successful anti-senescence procedure. 

A longer review will appear in the next issue of THE IMMORTALIST.

Robert Ettinger
Cryonics Institute
Immortalist Society

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