From Here to Infinity by Martin Rees
A Vision for the Future of Science

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One of our greatest scientific minds reflect on the role of science in the twenty-first century.


Science is often portrayed as an obscure, difficult discipline, governed by elite researchers and inaccessible to the general public. In this riveting, inspiring new book, preeminent astrophysicist Martin Rees overturns this view, urging improved communication between researchers and laypeople. In order to shape debates over healthcare, energy policy,space travel, and other vital issues, ordinary citizens must develop a “feel” for science—the one truly global culture—and engage directly with research rather than relying on pundits’ and politicians’ interpretations. Recognized as an expert on the political and ethical impact of science, Rees demonstrate show we must solve the new challenges we face—from population growth to climate change—by devising strategies with a long-term, global perspective. In the process, he offers insights into the prospects for future discoveries while also explaining science’s intrinsic limits. Just as importantly, Rees reminds us that science should be a source of pleasure and wonder for specialists and nonspecialists alike.
 

About Martin Rees

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Martin Rees is a leading cosmologist and astrophysicist. He is Master of Trinity College, Cambridge University, a member of the House of Lords, and former president of the Royal Society. He lives in Cambridge, UK.
 
Published June 18, 2012 by W. W. Norton & Company. 145 pages
Genres: Science & Math. Non-fiction

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He also warns about the “tendency for long-term strategies, however important, to be trumped by more immediate issues that can be resolved within an electoral cycle.” David Deutsch’s The Beginning of Infinity (2011) provides a more powerful exploration of this theme, but Rees delivers shrewd in...

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Publishers Weekly

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he says that the benefits of globalization must be fairly shared, and, most intriguingly, “There are doors that science could open but which are best left closed.” There is enough hard science for this book (based on a series of lectures) to satisfy readers concerned with science’s future h...

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The Wall Street Journal

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Science is a marvel—an instrument fueled by curiosity and caffeine that spews forth answers to fundamental questions about nature.

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New York Journal of Books

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“The overall vision cast by Martin Rees is an exciting one . . .”

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City Book Review

A member of the House of Lords and former president of the Royal Society, Martin Rees delivers an important message to the world.

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Portland Book Review

Esteemed British astronomer Martin Rees in From Here To Infinity, A Vision For The Future Of Science provides some of the hope and optimism that seems to be missing these days.

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