Exploding Population

  • Les Johnson
  • Gregory L. Matloff
  • C Bangs


As Walt Whitman watched the multitudes commuting between Brooklyn and Manhattan in the days before the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, he dreamt of the multitude that would make that crossing in the future. He could not have imagined the much larger population that has been born in recent years to challenge the future of Earth.


Human Life Span Space Habitat Solar Greenhouse Comfortable Living Bubonic Plague 
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Further Reading

  1. Many environmental references discuss population-related issues. Two of them are G. Tyler Miller, Jr., Environmental Science, 4th edition (Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 1992) and Bernard J. Nebel and Richard T. Wright, Environmental Science, 4th edition (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1993). The first of these books introduces the J-shaped curve and presents the fable of the chess players.Google Scholar
  2. Space habitat reference include Gerard K. O’Neill, The High Frontier (New York: Morrow, 1977) and R.D. Johnson and C. Holbrow, editors, Space Settlements: a Design Study, NASA SP-413 (Washington, DC: NASA, 1977).Google Scholar
  3. Paolo Soleri first published his Arcology concepts in P. Soleri, The City in the Image of Man (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1969). Updated material on this topic can be found at the following web site: To learn more about the ongoing work of the Cosanti Foundation, you can visit them online at

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.MadisonUSA
  2. 2.BrooklynUSA

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