The Quantum Revolution in Economics and TechnologyGeorge Gilder

George Gilder’s Microcosm is the crystal ball of the next technological era. Leading scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs provide vivid accounts of the latest inventions, revealing how the new international balance of power really lies in information technology.

Ranging from computer chips to the greatest minds of Silicon Valley, George Gilder explores every aspect of today’s unprecedented technological and entrepreneurial revolution. Microcosm contains vivid accounts of the latest inventions and revealing portraits of the leading scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs at the frontiers of knowledge.

In the paradoxical world of microcosm, where everything gets better and faster and cheaper as it gets smaller, Gilder shows:

  • how the United States is defeating Japan in information technology
  • why artificial intelligence is still only in its first years of life
  • which companies will dominate the ” quantum economy.”
  • where trade deficits don’t matter and land, labor, and capital become irrelevant
  • why television will disappear in the 1990s.

Just as Gilder’s Wealth and Poverty ushered in a new era of economics and The Spirit of Enterprise heralded the age of the entrepreneur, Microcosm is a prescient look inside the expanding universe of economic, social, and technological possibilities contained within the shrinking world of the silicon chip.


With vivid stories, Mr. Gilder guides the reader easily through some of the most complex developments in contemporary computer science, from parallel processing to artificial intelligence.

The Wall Street Journal

There is a handful of books that must be read not because they are right or wrong but because they are essential if one is to keep abreast of the world we live in. Microcosm is one of them.

The Washington Times

George Gilder

Senior Fellow and Co-Founder of Discovery Institute
George Gilder is Chairman of Gilder Publishing LLC, located in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. A co-founder of Discovery Institute, Mr. Gilder is a Senior Fellow of the Center on Wealth & Poverty, and also directs Discovery's Technology and Democracy Project. His latest book, Life After Google: The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy (2018), Gilder waves goodbye to today's Internet.  In a rocketing journey into the very near-future, he argues that Silicon Valley, long dominated by a few giants, faces a “great unbundling,” which will disperse computer power and commerce and transform the economy and the Internet.