[1.] The acceleration of history: The acceleration of history -- Last words from the dinosaurs -- [2.] Common sense: The heritage of science in a civilization of machines -- The common sense of science and the humanities -- On recollection -- King Solomon's ant -- [3.] Technology and democratic institutions: Why no satisfaction? -- Science can never be retrograde -- The sorcerer's apprentice -- [4.] The right to health: Metropolitan medicine -- ...Getting our knowledge fully applied -- An end to welfare medicine -- [5.] Too many Indians: The grain that steel might grow -- Economic development by democratic planning -- Second thoughts on birth control -- A world free of want -- [6.] The treason of the clerks: The treason of the clerks -- Federal funds and science education -- Peace and quiet on the campus -- [7.] Education for self-government: We good Americans -- The imaginative consideration of learning -- ...Now! -- [8.] The fork in the road: The subterfuge of armament -- The stationary state -- Time to cut the cake.