(...) mathematics professor Hari Seldon predicts the future using what he calls psychohistory.
Drawing on mathematical models that describe what happened in the past, he anticipates what will happen next, including the fall of the Galactic Empire.
(...) scientists and mathematicians analyze history in the hopes of finding patterns they can then use to predict the future. It’s named after Clio, the Greek muse of history.
These academics have the same goals as other historians — “We start with questions that historians have asked for all of history,” (Why do civilizations collapse?).
They use math rather than mere language and the prognosis isn’t that far removed from the empire-crushing predictions laid down by Hari Seldon in the Foundation saga. Unless something changes, we’re due for a wave of widespread violence in about 2020, including riots and terrorism.