Steiger has discovered something called the "Maxwell-Wheeler weather-energy cycle" and, properly understood, it explains all: wars, depressions, stock market crashes, famines, riots. Messrs. Maxwell and Wheeler have gone to the great uncharted universe above but their stupendous work ("nearly two million separate pieces of information about weather in history were entered on cards and supplemented with maps and charts") is being carried on by Cyclomatic Engineering which has discovered that the great reversals of history have a definite periodicity. And if you can plough through "fourth dimensional mathematics" and Steiger's congealed prose, you'll learn that tides, sun spots and the square roots of infinity correlate with the rings of California sequoia trees, and you can then go on to "warm-wet" and "cold-dry" eras and learn, for example, that "the early 20th century American skyscraper is the best example of warm-wet architecture." Currently the outlook is not good. Cyclomatics is predicting starvation and political catastrophe for the 1980's. But then, as Bob Dylan said in another context: "You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.