Summary of Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper

How Innovation Keeps Proving the Catastrophists Wrong

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Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper book summary
The world of “Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper” enables longer life, more food, less poverty, greater education and constant innovation.


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Manhattan Institute fellow Robert Bryce’s personal, idiosyncratic style fuels an important argument. He celebrates innovation, technology and freedom as the answers to environmental concerns, repeatedly illustrating potential solutions that many of those forecasting climate calamity don’t mention, while suggesting what humanity’s future could and should be. In this urgent if reductive treatise, he proves an eccentric contrarian. His sort of random capitalization – things aren’t faster, they are Faster – can irritate, and rather than answer objections or counterarguments, Bryce tends to just elude them, but he consistently remains intriguing. While always neutral politically, getAbstract suggests Bryce’s optimistic look ahead to all those interested in the environment, the future and how innovation builds on itself.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why predictions of catastrophe are wrong;
  • How the world is getting “smaller, faster, lighter, denser, cheaper” and better; and
  • Why natural gas and nuclear energy are the planet’s most effective power sources.


“Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper”
When you watch the news, you see threats abounding, from debt crises and pandemics to terrorism, war and severe weather. A broader assumption rests behind these warnings: You live in a world of “scarcity and shortage.” Resources will run out. People...
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About the Author

Robert Bryce, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, also wrote Power Hungry, Gusher of Lies, Pipe Dreams and other works on the energy industry.

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