Our Final Hour by Martin Rees
A Scientist's Warning: How Terror, Error, and Environmental Disaster Threaten Humankind's Future In This Century--On Earth and Beyond

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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.
 

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 March 17, 2009 by Basic Books. 240 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Computers & Technology, Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Law & Philosophy, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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In such cases, science is too important to be left to the experts who want to do the experiment, Rees says: ''It isn't good enough to make a slapdash estimate of even the tiniest risk of destroying the world.'' He endorses a suggestion made by the physicist Francesco Calogero of the University of...

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Like Bill Joy, chief scientist of Sun Microsystems, who wrote an influential article on the matter in Wired a few years ago, Rees fears that biotechnology and nanotechnology will provide greater potential for destruction, and permit ever smaller groups - or indeed individuals - to make use of them.

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Bioterrorists are the most widely publicized threat at the moment, but well-intentioned scientists, Rees says, are capable of accidentally wiping out mankind via genetically engineered superpathogens that create unprecedented pandemics, or even through something as weird as high-energy particle e...

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