“For the last two decades, from the 1981 publication of his The Ultimate Resource (CH, Jan '82; The Ultimate Resource 2, CH, Mar'97) until his death a year ago, economist Simon took on all comers, whether the subject was population growth, natural resource depletion, pollution and other alleged environmental degradations, living standards, forecasts, statistical claims, or other contemporary issues that required someone who could interject a contrarian viewpoint or demand honesty of politicians, academics, and the media… Never one to shy away from controversy or a good intellectual fight, Simon always had plenty of disciples and detractors; this book, from the grave of someone who had a remarkably high lifetime batting average, should be required reading by both groups. Public, academic, and professional collections.”
—A. R. Sanderson,Choice
"Julian Simon loved to make bets. Fifty years from now readers who peruse Earth in the Balance by Albert Gore and Hoodwinking the Nation by Julian Simon will giggle at one of them. Let's bet which."
"Julian Simon had a brilliant insight into the economics of doomsaying... the business of environmentalism has fouled the marketplace of ideas to the point where truth is an endangered species."
—P. J. O'Rourke
Julian L. Simon (1932-1998) was professor of business administration at the University of Maryland and distinguished senior fellow of the Cato Institute. He is credited as being one of the founders of free-market environmentalism. His books include Hoodwinking the Nation, The Philosophy and Practice of Resampling Statistics, and The Ultimate Resource.
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It should be quite obvious to anyone with any real background in natural science, math, or perhaps just good old, non-hysterical common sense, that the earth isn't coming to an... Read morePublished on June 23, 2001