Intuitive Prediction of Growth

  • William A. Wagenaar
  • H. Timmers
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 3)


Many world-wide problems of today are related for a considerable part to growth. Economical growth and growth of populations induce shortages of energy, raw materials and food, and an increase of cost of living and pollution. These processes show a marked exponential character: it is going faster and faster. Any attempt to control these processes will depend on the cooperation of individual citizens; they should first appreciate how fast a growth process will be, before they can reasonably weigh the growth problem against a number of alternative issues, such as religion or personal comfort.


Exponential Growth Growth Process Logarithmic Scale Pollution Index Absolute Size 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • William A. Wagenaar
    • 1
  • H. Timmers
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Perception TNOSoesterbergNetherlands

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