“Progress” Learning Path

Progress is a concept the unites much of this library. While in some sense, all of the books and articles involve topics related to progress, most do not explicitly deal with the concept. Fortunately, there has been a rapidly growing number of books that deal directly with progress as a concept. Most consist of many charts and graphs, which prove that things have gotten better over the last few decades. A few also attempt to explain why progress exists.

Unfortunately, I have not had the time to summarize all of them. I hope to add more summaries in the near future.

I recommend that you read these book summaries in the following order:

  1. “Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future” by Johan Norberg
  2. “Future Perfect: The Case for Progress In a Networked Age” by Steven Johnson

If there is a book that you find particularly interesting, please support the author by buying the book.