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Kahn, Herman 1922-1983

Works: 281 works in 1,110 publications in 8 languages and 20,145 library holdings
Genres: Forecasts  Conference papers and proceedings  Sources  History  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Contributor, Speaker
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On thermonuclear war by Herman Kahn( Book )

99 editions published between 1960 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,914 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"On Thermonuclear War was controversial when originally published and remains so today. It is iconoclastic, crosses disciplinary boundaries, and finally it is calm and compellingly reasonable. The book was widely read on both sides of the Iron Curtain and the result was serious revision in both Western and Soviet strategy and doctrine. As a result, both sides were better able to avoid disaster during the Cold War. The strategic concepts still apply: defense, local animosities, and the usual balance-of-power issues are still very much with us. Kahn's stated purpose in writing this book was simply: "avoiding disaster and buying time, without specifying the use of this time." By the late 1950s, with both sides H-bomb-armed, reason and time were in short supply. Kahn, a military analyst at Rand since 1948, understood that a defense based only on thermonuclear arnaments was inconceivable, morally questionable, and not credible. The book was the first to make sense of nuclear weapons. Originally created from a series of lectures, it provides insight into how policymakers consider such issues. One may agree with Kahn or disagree with him on specific issues, but he clearly defined the terrain of the argument. He also looks at other weapons of mass destruction such as biological and chemical, and the history of their use. The Cold War is over, but the nuclear genie is out of the bottle, and the lessons and principles developed in On Thermonuclear War apply as much to today's China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea as they did to the Soviets."--Provided by publisher
The year 2000; a framework for speculation on the next thirty-three years by Herman Kahn( Book )

46 editions published between 1967 and 1970 in English and held by 1,431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The next 200 years : a scenario for America and the world by Herman Kahn( Book )

34 editions published between 1976 and 1983 in 3 languages and held by 1,280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This optimistic report on the future of the U.S. and its techno-economic leadership to world prosperity was timed to coincide with the American bicentennial. The report uses statistical studies and logic to argue that intensive development of technology in a post-industrial format and rational planning rather than reduced rates of economic growth and consumption are the best ways to support a growing world population
The Resourceful earth : a response to Global 2000 by Jean-Louis Simon( Book )

15 editions published between 1984 and 1996 in English and held by 1,239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"We are confident that the nature of the physical world permits continued improvement in humankind's economic lot in the long rung run, indefinitely. Of course there are always newly arising local problems, shortages and pollutions, due to climate or to increased population and income. Some times temporary large-scale problems arise. But the nature of the world's physical condition and the resilience in a well-functioning economic and social system enable us to overcome such problems, and the solutions usually leave us better off than if the problem had never arisen; that is the great lesson to be learned from human history. We are less optimistic, however, about the constraints currently imposed upon material progress by political and institutional forces, in conjunction with popularly-held beliefs and attitudes about natural resources and the environment ... trends point towards deterioration rather than towards improvement ..."--Introduction
On escalation: metaphors and scenarios by Herman Kahn( Book )

66 editions published between 1965 and 2017 in 7 languages and held by 1,239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this widely discussed and influential book, Herman Kahn probes the dynamics of escalation and demonstrates how the intensification of conflict can be depicted by means of a definite escalation ladder, ascent of which brings opponents closer to all-out war. At each rung of the ladder, before the climb proceeds, decisions must be made based on numerous choices. Some are clear and obvious, others obscure, but the options are always there. Thermonuclear annihilation, says Kahn, is unlikely to come through accident; but nations may elect to climb the ladder to extinction. The basic material for the book was developed in briefings delivered by Kahn to military and civilian experts and revised in the light of his findings of a trip to Vietnam in the 1960s. In On Escalation he states the facts squarely. He asks the reader to face unemotionally the terrors of a world fully capable of suicide and to consider carefully the alternatives to such a path. In the never-never land of nuclear warfare, where nuclear incredulity is pervasive and paralyzing to the imagination even for the professional analyst, salient details of possible scenarios for the outbreak of war, and even more for war fighting, are largely unexplored or even unnoticed. For scenarios in which war is terminated, the issues and possibilities of which are almost completely unstudied, the situation is even worse. Kahn's discussion throws light on the terrain and gives the individual a sense of the range of possibilities and complexities involved and are useful."--Provided by publisher
The emerging Japanese superstate; challenge and response by Herman Kahn( Book )

35 editions published between 1970 and 1973 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines social leadership, political structure, industrial enterprise, military tradition and other factors in the rise of postwar Japan
World economic development : 1979 and beyond by Herman Kahn( Book )

39 editions published between 1979 and 1981 in 4 languages and held by 1,120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thinking about the unthinkable in the 1980s by Herman Kahn( Book )

14 editions published between 1962 and 1987 in English and German and held by 1,020 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kritische analyse van dreigende mogelijkheden voor een nucleair conflict tussen de V.S. en de Sovjet-Unie
The coming boom : economic, political, and social by Herman Kahn( Book )

23 editions published between 1982 and 1996 in English and held by 1,005 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Om et kommende økonomisk opsving i USA
Things to come; thinking about the seventies and eighties by Herman Kahn( Book )

20 editions published between 1972 and 1973 in English and held by 958 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on papers of the Hudson Institute, intended as a companion work to "The Year 2000," published in 1967
Thinking about the unthinkable by Herman Kahn( Book )

37 editions published between 1962 and 1971 in English and held by 813 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Japanese challenge : the success and failure of economic success by Herman Kahn( Book )

27 editions published between 1978 and 1981 in English and held by 774 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The future of the corporation by Herman Kahn( Book )

20 editions published between 1973 and 1988 in English and German and held by 740 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Papers from a conference sponsored by PLM in Malmo, Sweden, June 1970. Includes bibliographical references
Will she be right? : the future of Australia by Herman Kahn( Book )

5 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ihr werdet es erleben : Voraussagen der Wissenschaft bis zum Jahre 2000 by Herman Kahn( Book )

30 editions published between 1967 and 1977 in German and Undetermined and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The schools' community roles in the next ten years : an outside perspective by Jane Newitt( Book )

4 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die Zukunft Deutschlands : Niedergang oder neuer Aufstieg der Bundesrepublik by Herman Kahn( Book )

10 editions published in 1982 in German and Undetermined and held by 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Japan and the United States in the 1970's; a summary of discussions at Racine, Wisconsin, December 2, 1969, under the auspices of the Johnson Foundation and the Japan Society, inc by Emerson Chapin( Book )

5 editions published between 1970 and 1971 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Angriff auf die Zukunft : die 70er und 80er Jahre, so werden wir leben by Herman Kahn( Book )

11 editions published between 1972 and 1975 in German and English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Energy and recreation : an overview of energy availability and utilization for recreational use by Frank E Armbruster( Book )

1 edition published in 1980 in English and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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On thermonuclear war
On escalation: metaphors and scenariosThe essential Herman Kahn : in defense of thinkingProphecies of doom and scenarios of progress : Herman Kahn, Julian Simon, and the prospective imagination
Alternative Names
Herman Kahn Amerikaans wiskundige (1922-1983)

Herman Kahn Futurologue et géostratège américain

Herman Kahn scienziato e futurologo americano

Herman Kahn US-amerikanischer Kybernetiker

Kahn, H.

Kahn Herman

Kahn, Herman, 1922-

Kahn-Wiener, .. 1922-1983

Кан, Герман

Херман Кан

הרמן קאן

הרמן קאן מתמטיקאי אמריקאי

هرمن کان

هيرمان كان

هيرمان كان، 1922-1983

هيرمان كان رياضياتي من الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية

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칸, 허만 1922-1983

칸, 허먼 1922-1983

カ-ン, ハ-マン 1922-1983

カーン, ハーマン


ハーマンカーン 1922-1983