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Spring 2000


The Future is Not Given, in Society or Nature


llya Prigogine won the Nobel Prize in 1997 in Chemistry for the discovery of dissipative structures.

Brussels - Fernand Braudel, the economic historian, once wrote that "les evenements son poussiere," insisting on the shaping importance of the "longue duree." Federico Mayor, the biochemist and former head of UNESCO, has argued the opposite - that the discontinuity of history suggests that events play a central role.

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