Time, Progress, Growth and Technology
Professor of Physics and Environmental Sciences Filipe Duarte Santos analyses how the evolution of man’s notions of time shapes our equilibrium with our planet.
What if the way the world addresses the current challenges of social, economic and environmentally sustainable development demands a new concept of time? One based on inter-generational solidarity? Professor of Physics and Environmental Sciences Filipe Duarte Santos analyses the evolution of man’s notions of time from prehistory to modern times, showing how these concepts shape our worldviews, ecological paradigms and equilibrium with the planet. The author, who is also president of the Portuguese Council on the Environment and Sustainable Development, discusses approaches to dealing with the major medium and long-term sustainability challenges of the 21st century. According to António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, this is “a thought-provoking and timely book” that “provides hope for our future on Earth, mankind’s common home.