In his fantasy entitled, The Year 2000, written in 1897, Frenchman Marcellin Berthelot, the pioneer of chemical synthesis, made some interesting prophesies about the future. What were these?

Answer: Among other things, he forecast that chemistry would by then make agriculture and mining unnecessary; food would be eaten in the form of small synthetic pills; industry would be powered by inexhaustible energy from the sun and from the heat of the earth; man would be become gentler and more moral because he would cease to feed himself by carnage and the destruction of living creatures.

Source: France 1848-1945 – Taste and Corruption by Theodore Zeldin

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