Our Final Hour: A Scientist's Warning [NOOK Book]

Overview

Bolstered by unassailable science and delivered in eloquent style, Our Final Hour's provocative argument that humanity has a mere 5050 chance of surviving the next century has struck a chord with readers, reviewers, and opinion-makers everywhere. Rees's vision of our immediate future is both a work of stunning scientific originality and a humanistic clarion call on behalf of the future of life.
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Our Final Hour: A Scientist's Warning

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Overview

Bolstered by unassailable science and delivered in eloquent style, Our Final Hour's provocative argument that humanity has a mere 5050 chance of surviving the next century has struck a chord with readers, reviewers, and opinion-makers everywhere. Rees's vision of our immediate future is both a work of stunning scientific originality and a humanistic clarion call on behalf of the future of life.
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Reading like a list of inevitable disasters, this book outlines all the possible ways the world might end—with a bang or a whimper. Every possible disaster—from lack of water to genetically engineered plants that destroy natural plants, to nuclear destruction, to chemical warfare, to asteroids hitting the Earth—is discussed and its likelihood evaluated. Rees, a noted scientist, believes that humanity is more at risk now than it has ever been and while he sees some hope, he gives grave warnings about what we must do to protect ourselves and our world. A complete index and list of notes follow his observations, giving credence to his beliefs. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2003, Perseus, Basic Books, 228p. notes. index., Ages 15 to adult.
—Nola Theiss
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786740697
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 3/17/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 365,524
  • File size: 272 KB

Meet the Author

Matrin Rees is a leading researcher on cosmic evolution, black holes, and galaxies. He has himself originated many key ideas, and brings a unique perspective to themes discussed in this book. He is currently a Royal Society Research Professor, and Great Britain’s Astronomer Royal. Through based in Cambridge University for most of his career, he travels extensively, and collaborates wit many colleagues in the U.S. and elsewhere. He is an enthusiast for international collaboration in research, and is a member of several foreign academies.
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Table of Contents

Preface vii
1 Prologue 1
2 Technology Shock 9
3 The Doomsday Clock: Have We Been Lucky to Survive This Long? 25
4 Post-2000 Threats: Terror and Error 41
5 Perpetrators and Palliatives 61
6 Slowing Science Down? 73
7 Baseline Natural Hazards: Asteroid Impacts 89
8 Human Threats to Earth 99
9 Extreme Risks: A Pascalian Wager 115
10 The Doomsday Philosophers 135
11 The End of Science? 141
12 Does Our Fate Have Cosmic Significance? 157
13 Beyond Earth 169
14 Epilogue 185
Notes 189
Index 209
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  • Posted June 9, 2009

    more from this reviewer

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    Very good book

    lucid and relevant.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2004

    One thousand one ways to the end of the world

    This is an outstanding, clearly written book that aims to present the principal dangers now facing mankind. It does this with the clear hope of providing certain guidance as to how we can avoid a premature doom. Rees seems especially troubled by the dangers presented by new technologies, and the possibility that they will enable very small groups of people, or even a single individual to carry out massively destructive actions. He considers the dangers from nanotechnology, from the new genetics, from the possibility of nuclear weapons in the hands of terrorists. He considers too the possible natural catastrophes that might come to mankind. And he is very much concerned with environmental dangers brought by the age of Technology. In all these areas his exposition is concise,and informative .He writes with balance, and a very broad knowledge of scientific and technological developments. It is impossible to say that such a catalogue of disasters makes for pleasant reading, but the work is highly instructive and should provide new insight to all those who concern themselves with the ultimate fate of Mankind. One caveat is my sense that in suggesting that Mankind is on its way toward evolving toward something else, or being perhaps replaced by a machine- species of its own invention he presents no real ultimate hope for the endurance of the human essence and situation as we know it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2004

    Must read!!

    Very hard to put this book down...Discusses all possible scenarios that could happen with life on earth. Fascinating stuff, learned a lot...

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