"Foundations of Futures Studies represents the finest thinking in the field, as both an original work and a synthesis of existing work.... Destined to become a classic."
—Claire W. Gilbert, editor and publisher, Blazing Tattles
"Arguably the most definitive study ever done of the future studies field and a must read for futurists who want a holistic grasp of it."
—William C. Johnson, Futurics
"Bell has poured all his knowledge and experience into it, which is no mean matter, and has created a work that is profound, extensive and filled with elements for reflection."
—Papers de Prospectiva (Spain)
"A must read for almost everyone within the social sciences."
"This book is a milestone in the development of the futures field... an ambitious attempt to capture what we know about the study of the future—Bell's version of Francis Bacon's Novum Organum."
—Peter C. Bishop, Technological Forecasting and Social Change
"This is a great book, representing a great achievement by Professor Bell. It creates an important plateau upon which the field of future studies can achieve new heights."
—Gary Gappert, director, Institute for Future Studies, University of Akron
"This book is a masterpiece! It makes an extraordinary contribution to studies of the future. . . . Bell has produced an incredibly fresh, careful, solidly detailed book that will serve as a landmark in the field for many years to come."
—Allen Tough, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
"Wendell Bell has produced a stunning tour de force which should convince even the most obstinate detractor that futures studies is a worthy academic field which deserves respect and support. . . . [It] well documents most of the important facets, history, issues, trends, persons, and institutions in the futures field."
—James A. Dator, Director, Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa
"Nobody . . . knows more about what practitioners prefer to call 'futures research' than Wendell Bell. . . . His peers are already praising Foundations as futurist classic."
About the Author
Wendell Bell is professor emeritus of sociology at Yale University, where he also served as chair of the department. Bell has written more than 200 articles and authored or co-authored numerous books, including Social Area Analysis, Public Leadership, and Foundations of Futures Studies (two volumes).