Cover of: Our final hour | Martin J. Rees

Our final hour

a scientist's warning : how terror, error, and environmental disaster threaten humankind's future in this century on earth and beyond

Published by Basic Books in New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

Publisher's description: 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.

Table of Contents

Technology shock
The doomsday clock: have we been lucky to survive this long?
Post-2000 threats: terror and error
Perpetrators and palliatives
Slowing science down?
Baseline natural hazards: asteroid impacts
Human threats to earth
Extreme risks: a Pascalian wager
The doomsday philosophers
The end of science?
Does our fate have cosmic significance?
Beyond earth

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 189-208) and index.


Dewey Decimal Class 303.49/09/05
Library of Congress CB161 .R38 2003

The Physical Object

Pagination viii, 228 p. ;
Number of pages 228

ID Numbers

Open Library OL24947310M
Internet Archive ourfinalhourscieree00rees
ISBN 10 0465068626
LC Control Number 2003000301
OCLC/WorldCat 51505779
Goodreads 973717

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