Nobel Prize winner George A. Olah kicks off our special section by outlining a new way of utilizing atmospheric carbondioxide for getting new energy resourees, reducing thereby ihe dangers ínhereni in the present condition of the Earth's ozone protection. Dénes Berényi continues with the place occupied by Hungarian R + D in a worldwide race for more and more success. Zsuzsa Szentgyörgyi discusses the possible and probable directions science and technology will take in the coming centurv. Csaba Ferencz presents a state-of-the-art description of space activities, both worldwide and within the Hungarian researeh network. Csaba Pléh explores the possible synthesis in psycholo between schools emphasising nature vs. culture respectively in the study of human cognitive mechanisms. Péter Mihályi invcstigates the economic aspeets of a new way of looking at the Hungarian health system. (We shall return to these issues at a later date.) János Farkas outlines the sociologieal consequences of Hungary's entry into the Age of Information. Míhály Beck closes our special section by reevaluating ihe views expressed by C.P. Snow on the antagonism of "two cultures".
In our Question of the Month section sociologist István György Tóth presents some new data concerning poverty and inequality in presemt-day Hungarian society.
Other contributions in our December issue include: patent rights in plant research, a bird's eye view of Estonian R+D, a critique of the laiest reference book on Hungarian orthography, polemical articles on multi-disciplinary studies, Goethe's true achievement, the future of the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and a commemoration of Laplace.
As usual, we carry a large book-review section.