On the Future by Martin J. Rees

On the Future

A provocative and inspiring look at the future of humanity and science from world-renowned scientist and bestselling author Martin ReesHumanity has reached a critical moment. Our world is unsettled and rapidly changing, and we face existential risks over the next century. Various outcomes--good and bad--are possible. Yet our approach to the future is characterized by short-term thinking, polarizing debates, alarmist rhetoric, and pessimism. In th...

Details On the Future

TitleOn the Future
Release DateOct 16th, 2018
PublisherPrinceton University Press
GenreScience, Nonfiction

Reviews On the Future

  • Lisa
    "A feature of science is that as the frontiers of our knowledge are extended, new mysteries, just beyond the frontiers, come into sharper focus." To be able to look into the future, one must see the present in its complex, chaotic, simultaneous varieties. With charm and clarity, Martin Rees moves from the status quo of humanity in the Anthropocene to different outlooks on the distant and not-so-distant future. What do we do with ourselves at a mo...
  • Brian Clegg
    When I was at school we had a great young history teacher who got everyone in the class to go out and buy a copy of Mao's Little Red Book. Some parents were decidedly unhappy, but it was a fascinating exercise, and though I found most of the contents impenetrable drivel, it was something I was really glad he did. The Little Red Book was more formally The Thoughts of Chairman Mao and this little black book is not Martin Rees's social contacts list...
  • Jerry Wall
    One of the rare books where the impression is that of sitting at the knees of a wise elder thinker and learning form them resolutely, gently, and satisfactorily.Future: what it can bring, what are the constituents that will influence it, how to react to it, and how to interact with it.70 percent of people [will be] living in cities by 2050. Even by 2030, Lagos, Sao Paulo, and Delhi will have populations greater than thirty million. * * * food pro...
  • Chuck
    I recently saw Martin Rees speak in Chicago and bought this book. It reads very much in the same way Rees speaks - bright, sparkly, optimistic, but also direct and opinionated about the dire challenges our world faces. An astronomer by trade and training, he is adept at addressing a wide range of scientific, political, and philosophical issues - Rees certainly defines the term polymath. It's a fairly brief book that seems to be his report on the ...