Our Final Hour: A Scientist's Warning

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Basic Books, Mar 17, 2009 - Political Science - 239 pages
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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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Sir Martin Rees is a prominent scientist. Seeking in think tank environment opportunities to manage "benefits" and "risks," I see those scenarios provided by Professor Rees in alignment with that of other prominent scientists. Unfortunately, the great majority of then human race is set out in an all-out enrollment in search of heightened crises instead of greater harmony.
Andres Agostini
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Contents

Prologue
2
Technology Shock
10
The Doomsday Clock Have We Been Lucky to Survive This Long?
26
Post2000 Threats Terror and Error
42
Perpetrators and Palliatives
62
Slowing Science Down?
74
Baseline Natural Hazards Asteroid Impacts
90
Human Threats to Earth
100
The Doomsday Philosophers
136
The End of Science?
142
Does Our Fate Have Cosmic Significance?
158
Beyond Earth
170
Epilogue
186
Notes
190
Index
210
Copyright

Extreme Risks A Pascalian Wager
116

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Page 11 - So I travelled, stopping ever and again, in great strides of a thousand years or more, drawn on by the mystery of the earth's fate, watching with a strange fascination the sun grow larger and duller in the westward sky, and the life of the old earth ebb away.

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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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