Our Final Hour: A Scientist's Warning

Our Final Hour: A Scientist's Warning

by Martin Rees

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Our Final Hour: A Scientist's Warning by Martin Rees

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786740697
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 03/17/2009
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 493 KB

About 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.

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
1Prologue1
2Technology Shock9
3The Doomsday Clock: Have We Been Lucky to Survive This Long?25
4Post-2000 Threats: Terror and Error41
5Perpetrators and Palliatives61
6Slowing Science Down?73
7Baseline Natural Hazards: Asteroid Impacts89
8Human Threats to Earth99
9Extreme Risks: A Pascalian Wager115
10The Doomsday Philosophers135
11The End of Science?141
12Does Our Fate Have Cosmic Significance?157
13Beyond Earth169
14Epilogue185
Notes189
Index209

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