The World, the Flesh and the Devil
J D Bernal's inquiry into the future of three enemies of the rational soul
First edition thus. Papaerback in wrapper. 18 × 10.5cm, 76pp.
First published in 1929, this re-issue of Irish scientist and Communist activist J D Bernal seminal work with a new foreword by the author. Arthur C Clarke called it "the most brilliant attempt at scientific prediction ever made" and is a futuristic essay which explores the radical changes to human bodies and intelligence that science may bring about. It is famous for having been the first to propose the so-called Bernal sphere, a type of space habitat intended for permanent residence. The second chapter explores radical changes to human bodies and intelligence and the third discusses the impact of these on society.
This copy is in very good condition, with a little light wear to the wrapper and page edges.