Modern Scientist Predictions Athelstan Spilhaus

About the predictions both right and wrong of modern scientist Athelstan Spilhaus including ones about the future of cities and sea levels.


Inventor of the bathythermograph for ocean research and the very expensive Spilhaus clock, Athelstan Spilhaus is a man with original, sometimes controversial ideas. Just two examples: He was in favor of the abolishment of the Atomic Energy Commission in 1957, and he believes in teaching science to children through comic books. Born in South Africa, Dr. Spilhaus was educated in Cape Town, then came to the U.S., where he was dean of the Institute of Technology at the University of Minnesota from 1949 to 1966.

Past Predictions: No record.

Future Predictions: By 2057

* If the ocean is used as a sink for solid wastes, sea levels will rise and put more land under water.

* People will be going crazy from too much noise.

* Transportation will be individualized. Small computer-controlled pods without motors will take people where they want to go.

No Dates Given--Farm activities will take place close to or in cities--for example, high-rise dairies on the city outskirts.

* A modern city of 250,000 people will occupy only 2,500 acres, but it will be surrounded by a 250,000-acre insulating belt of forests, lakes, farms, outdoor museums, zoos, and other entertainment facilities.

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