Sir Martin Rees: Astronomer

Sir Martin Rees is the United Kingdom’s Astronomer Royal, and Master of Trinity College and Emeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics at the University of Cambridge.

He is the author of the book:

“Sir Martin Rees has issued a clarion call for humanity. His 2004 book, ominously titled Our Final Hour, catalogues the threats facing the human race in a 21st century dominated by unprecedented and accelerating scientific change. He calls on scientists and nonscientists alike to take steps that will ensure our survival as a species.  One of the world’s leading astronomers, Rees is a professor of cosmology and astrophysics at Cambridge, and UK Astronomer Royal. Author of more than 500 research papers on cosmological topics ranging from black holes to quantum physics to the Big Bang, Rees has received countless awards for his scientific contributions. But equally significant has been his devotion to explaining the complexities of science for a general audience, in books like Before the Beginning and Our Cosmic Habitat.”

See Sir Martin Rees Bio on TED.com.

 

Sir Martin Rees on the question Is This Our Final Century?:

 

 

“Bolstered by unassailable science and delivered in eloquent style, Our Final Hour‘s provocative argument that humanity has a mere 50/50 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.”

Our Final Hour: A Scientist’s Warning: How Terror, Error, and Environmental Disaster Threaten Humankind’s Future In This Century – On Earth and Beyond (Basic Books, 2004)