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The US has lost its technological nerve.

Our survival depends on getting it back ...

National Academy of Sciences spotlights INNOVATION

A prestigious new National Academy of Sciences report features

INNOVATION: THE KEY TO PROSPERITY, by Aris Melissaratos and N.J.Slabbert, in a list of sources commenting on the state of science and

technology in the US.

The report is Rising Above the Gathering Storm

Revisited: RapidlyApproaching Category 5 (2010).

It is a retrospective review of the major 2005 book

Rising Above the Gathering Storm”, which

comprehensively assessed STEM education and

general scientific and technological capability in the

United States.

The new review contains an appendix headed

KNOWLEDGE CAPITAL, consisting of quotes from a variety of sources ranging from President Barack Obama and investor Warren

Buffett to Microsoft chairman Bill Gates, bestselling author Thomas Friedman ... and INNOVATION.

Preface by one of America's most distinguished scientific leaders, Dr Rita R. Colwell Ph.D., D.Sc., US National Medal of Science laureate 2006,Director of the US National Science Foundation 1998-2004, President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science 1996, former President of both the American Society for Microbiology and the American Institute of Biological Science.

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Dr Colwell writes:

“Powerful … The recipe for beginning technological leadership … delightfully easy reading … recommended for those who need to understand the intricacies

of technology and innovation in the 21st Century … a very strong contribution to our understanding of the global economy and the role of technology.”

Dr. Colwell is Distinguished University Professor at both the University of Maryland's Center for Bio Informatics and Computational Biology and Johns Hopkins University's BloombergSchool of Public Health. She is Chairman of Canon US Life Sciences and is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the Royal Society of Canada and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Dr. Colwell (above) has been awarded 40 honorary degrees.


"By identifying and vividly explaining innovation, technological advance and education as driving forces of the U.S. economy, Melissaratos and Slabbert excitingly signpost the way out of America's crisis of confidence. All business, government and educational leaders will benefit from this timely, nationally and internationally relevant work, which convincingly shows that industrial and manufacturing ingenuity is an engine of limitless economic growth potential."

- Emily DeRocco, President of The

Manufacturing Institute and the National

Center for the American Workforce,

Senior Vice President of the National

Association of Manufacturers, U.S.

Assistant Secretary of Labor 2001-2008


What others are saying ...

"We urgently need the excellent

antidote to pessimism that

Melissaratos and Slabbert offer.

They remind us of the power

and adventure of human intel-

ligence. Essential reading for

everyone who is in any way

concerned with public policy

or entrepreneurial development." -- Gilbert F. Decker, Science Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Defense, Assistant Secretary of the Army, Research, Development & Acquisition (1994-1997); former Chairman, Army Science Board. Mr. Decker has also served as a Member of the National Academy of Sciences' Board of Army Science & Technology, as Trustee of the Association of the U.S. Army, and as Executive Vice President of Engineering & Production, Walt Disney Imagineering.


"There is only one way out of

the country's economic, environ-

mental and energy mess and it is

described with rare clarity

in this book."

--Richard McCormack, Editor & Publisher,

Manufacturing & Technology News


An honest examination of America's shortcomings.” -- Midwest Book Review


"This wise and well-written book,

inspired by an immigrant's opti-

mism, shows lucidly how and why

America must marshal its capacity

for innovation and ingenuity in

order to compete in the global

marketplace of the 21st century."

--George Vradenburg, Executive Vice President, AOL-Time Warner (retired), and Herb Miller, Chairman, Western Development, Co-Founders of The Chesapeake Crescent Initiative, which works with leading universities, federal agencies, venture capitalists, high-tech firms and state and local governments to develop new innovation models for 21st-century America.

"The book presents an original, timely and highly perceptive account of the historical role of science and technology inAmerica's economic, industrial and infrastructural development. It brings new insight and scholarly vigor to ournational understanding of how scientific and technological events in the 19th and 20th centuries shaped contemporary America and conditioned our country's

21st century challenges in relating

to a global society. The book's

very high degrees of clarity,

literary quality, intellectual

power, insight and eloquence,

combined with the authors'

sustained sense of moral pur-

pose and the national interest,

make it a most distinguished contribution to the cause of scientific, technological and economic advance and recovery in the United States, especially in regard to public education about these subjects.The book is a declaration of independence from 20th century thinking. Theauthors offer a bold and visionary call to action to ensure America's future and its role in creating innovation and products that serve the world.” -Dr. Mike Galiazzo, Exec. Director, Regional Manufacturing Institute ofMaryland


The authors make a compelling

case that America MUST re-

claim its leadership in science

and technology--and that we'd

better get moving before it's

too late!” -Thomas J. Donohue

President and CEO

U.S. Chamber of Commerce


"A succinct, well-informed analysis of the potential which technological innovation combined with sound public policy holds for the future of our nation and world … a challenge to government, business, academia. A prudent yet visionary rallying call for xx all who believe that American

xxx leadership can help achieve a

xxx more prosperous and stable

xxx 21st century. A most timely

xx book in an era of rapid change."

- Paul. S. Sarbanes, United States Senator 1977–-2007


"This book's motivating, thought-provoking message could not have come at a better time for America and the world.It is a stimulating, readable and valuable overview of technological innovation's role as the creative engine of our civilization."

- The Honorable Jacques S. Gansler,

Professor and Roger C. Lipitz Chair, Director:

Center for Public Policy and Private Enter-

prise, School of Public Policy, University of

Maryland, former United States Under

Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Techno-

logy and Logistics.


Is Innovation the panacea for a brighter future for U.S. manufacturing? Not necessarily, but it is an excellent starting point to hammer out a plan that can be supported for years to come, no matter which political party happens to be occupying the White House."

- Dan Davis, Editor, The Fabricator

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INNOVATION: The Key to Prosperity is, in effect, several books in one. It is …

A BOOK FOR policymakers, business leaders, educators, entrepreneurs, economists, scientists, taxpayers, consumers, inventors, environmentalists, technology professionals, journalists ... and anyone who’s curious about what science and invention mean for the future of America and the world.

Fast-paced, in crisp, clear English, INNOVATION is an absorbing read filled with intriguing facts and colorful personalities like visionary inventors Marvin Minsky and Ray Kurzweil. This stimulating package of ideas boldly challenges myths about how science and invention work, and about how scientifically advanced and innovation-oriented America really is. Condensing an encyclopedic amount of information into a brisk, readable narrative, it reveals how decades of technological complacency left America hostage to energy cartels, inept bailout-seekers, cripplingly obsolete technology and worthless financial paper.

Read how nanotechnology, the knowledge economy, maglev, artificial intelligence, biotech, global warming, energy research, the Internet, physics and space exploration are all intertwined … how, contrary to popular belief, technology progress isn’'t spontaneous but demands careful nurture …why a new public attitude to science is essential if America is to achieve its potential in the 21st century.