Why 'The Population Bomb' Bombed
It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future. Any aphorism that gets attributed to both Niels Bohr and Yogi Berra (as well as Samuel Goldwyn, Mark Twain and others), has got to have something going for it. It is difficult to make predictions about the future. That alone seems to be a good reason to cut some slack for Paul Ehrlich, whose 1968 bestseller “The Population Bomb” forecast the imminent breakdown of the world’s ability to feed itself.