Paul Sabin: The Bet

"Our Gamble over Earth's Future," Betsy Wood Knapp '64 Lecture in the Social Sciences

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 12:30pm
Knapp Atrium Lounge in Pendleton East

The Betsy Wood Knapp '64 Lecture in the Social Sciences

Paul Sabin: The Bet: Our Gamble over Earth's Future

Are we headed for a world of scarce resources and environmental catastrophe, or will market forces and technological innovation yield greater prosperity? Paul Sabin, associate professor of history and American studies at Yale University, takes up this question in his book The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and our Gamble over Earth's Future. Using as a frame a highly publicized wager between celebrated biologist Paul Ehrlich and iconoclast economist Julian Simon over the future price of metals, Sabin examines the clash between environmentalists and their conservative critics and traces the origins of the political gulf that separates the two sides. The Bet was named a Best Science Book of 2013 by New Scientist.