Many of the revolutionary effects of science and technology are obvious enough. Bertrand Russell saw in the 1950s that there are also many negative aspects of scientific innovation. Insightful and controversial in equal measure, Russell argues that science offers the world greater well-being than it has ever known, on the condition that prosperity is dispersed; power is diffused by means of a single, world government; birth rates do not become too high; and war is abolished. Russell acknowledges that is a tall order, but remains essentially optimistic. He imagines mankind in a 'race between human skill as to means and human folly as to ends', but believes human society will ultimately choose the path of reason.

This Routledge Classics edition includes a new Preface by Tim Sluckin.

chapter 1|16 pages

Science and Tradition

chapter 2|22 pages

General Effects of Scientific Technique

chapter 3|12 pages

Scientific Technique in an Oligarchy

chapter 4|13 pages

Democracy and Scientific Technique

chapter 5|6 pages

Science and War

chapter 6|17 pages

Science and Values

chapter 7|17 pages

Can a Scientific Society Be Stable? 1