On the Future: Prospects for Humanity

On the Future: Prospects for Humanity

A provocative and inspiring look at the future of humanity and science from world-renowned scientist and bestselling author Martin Rees Humanity 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 A provocative and inspiring look at the future of humanity and science from world-renowned scientist and bestselling ...

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Title:On the Future: Prospects for Humanity
Author:Martin J. Rees
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Genres:Science
ISBN:On the Future: Prospects for Humanity
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

On the Future: Prospects for Humanity Reviews

  • Chris
    Dec 27, 2018
    Compelling and instructive. ...
  • Lindsey
    Jan 20, 2019
    Excellent read. Concise and to the point. Rees doesn't beat around the bush about the hurdles humanity faces in regards to planet Earth. However, his ideas and thoughts about the future end on a positive note, which says that our solutions to the problems we face will be through twenty...
  • Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
    May 19, 2019
    Comprehensive yet concise, optimistic yet sobering. Covers many of the same ideas and realms as Kaku's THE FUTURE OF HUMANITY, in a more grounded, less gosh-wow manner. ...
  • Jenna
    Feb 27, 2019
    I read a lot of popular science books and it's not often that I read one and don't learn at least a few things. On the Future: Prospects for Humanity is an exception. It is the author's thoughts and speculations on a variety of topics pertaining to the future. It was not very in-...
  • Krista
    Mar 06, 2019
    Now is the time for an optimistic vision of life's destiny ? in this world, and perhaps far beyond it. We need to think globally, we need to think rationally, we need to think long-term ? empowered by twenty-first-century technology but guided by values that science alone can't pr...
  • Chuck
    Oct 28, 2018
    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 wi...
  • D.L. Morrese
    Jan 15, 2019
    This is a brief and superficial overview of what and where we are (in cosmic terms) and of the challenges we face as a species. It's a well-written summary, but there are no startling revelations or insights. Rees's reasonable recommendation for humanity is, well, to be reasonable. I d...
  • Brian Clegg
    Oct 23, 2018
    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 somethi...
  • Dan Graser
    Dec 02, 2018
    There have been a number of books written in the past decade by eminent scientists about their hopes, predictions, and worries for the 21st century and beyond. This latest entry from Martin Rees is a fine survey of several of these ideas written with his customary elegance and eruditio...
  • Peter Tillman
    Dec 23, 2018
    "The trouble with predicting the future is that it is very hard." -- Yogi Berra Martin Rees gets off to a weak start in this slender book, in which (so far) he has little of interest to say. Or so is my impression, halfway in. I'm surprised, as I read the book because of Sabine Hos...
  • Sudeep
    Mar 03, 2019
    I find this book educative as well as exciting. The way he advocates positive of growing technological advances in multiple fields and how they can be put to better use of growing population needs in next century is quite interesting. His expert opinions about cosmology and astronomy i...
  • Jimmy
    Feb 15, 2019
    The book basically reflects the author's view of how upcoming humanity may be affected by the various advancements in science, technology and engineering, based on his perceptions of subsequent human actions and directions. Readers, depending on their knowledge and awareness of current...
  • Roger Smitter
    May 22, 2019
    On the Future lays out the issues that should shape how we, as a global community, look to the future. Very early in the book he warns us that ?deal with hopes, fears, and conjectures? what we face. (p. 2) Through the book, he asks questions the physics would like to explore wh...
  • Tasha
    Nov 08, 2018
    This book covered so many things: AI, space travel, climate change, biotech, and more. I loved how this book gave such a wide-ranging overview that I (a non-scientist) could easily grasp. ...
  • Eugene LeCouteur
    Dec 29, 2018
    Ho hum. I felt I was reading an overly long New Yorker article. Lots of opinion about the future a few bits seem like science fiction. Was this book really necessary? ...
  • Mike Stolfi
    Nov 15, 2018
    A lot of very practical ideas that have little likelihood of ever happening because we evolved from scavenging pack oriented hominids, & our primitive social order still trumps all else. It's too bad, really. ...
  • Brian Mikołajczyk
    Nov 01, 2018
    Astrophysicist and former President of the Royal Society, Martin Rees discusses his concerns and predictions for the future of humanity. He is concerned with a nuclear apocalypse, climate change, and an extinction-level asteroid impact. He also predicts our future in the cosmos if we d...
  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Dec 26, 2018
    It is okay. Not much material that I haven't seen in other places even in other books by Rees. Still, it is good to meditate on the meaning of the next one hundred years which could be critical for the human project. My gut feeling is if, and it is a big if, we can make it out of the 2...
  • BlackOxford
    Nov 29, 2018
    The Bleakest of Expectations The substance of this book is scientific, namely the most important threats to human life on Earth and their elimination or mitigation. But Rees?s intention, of course, is political. He understandably wants to contribute to the generation of a consensu...
  • Bill Leach
    Apr 12, 2019
    Rees looks at current issues facing humanity, and reviews the ability of new technology to assist. His coverage is huge - from eco-threats including climate change, through biotech, artificial intelligence and space travel. Overall, he is positive about the possibilities of utilizing t...
  • Stephen Douglas Rowland
    Nov 08, 2018
    Unoriginal -- all this information can be found in similar, better books, and Rees's nonstop use of unnecessary quotation marks nearly gave me a heart attack. Fire your editor, dude. ...
  • Hind
    Apr 01, 2019
    An okay meditation on what the future might look like. Still pissed about the complete bullshit he inserts in the middle about particle accelerators making black holes and destroying the world, ...
  • Lisa
    Oct 13, 2018
    "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, Ma...
  • Mathilde Kallekleiv Vedøy
    Nov 07, 2018
    This was a 'wonderful' read. ...
  • Andy
    Nov 04, 2018
    I didn't feel that the way this book was marketed at all reflects its contents. It has no real unifying argument or point to make, but is just a collection of the author's brief thoughts on various subjects. Sadly he never really spends long enough on any one topic to say anything inte...
  • Will
    Jul 03, 2019
    I thought this was a fantastic book. I love the way that Rees proposes a topic and describes a sampling of possible outcomes. He does not imply his opinions are correct but instead chooses a Socratic-esque method to present his ideas. Here are some of the interesting takeaways I had: ...
  • Koohyar
    Nov 22, 2018
    Although there were some really good parts in the book, but nothing is discussed in depth. Only superficial ideas. If you want a casual read, go for it ...
  • Jerry Wall
    Oct 20, 2018
    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 i...
  • Kirill Blokker
    Feb 10, 2019
    A good book for starters on these subjects. For more well-read readers on futuristic topics, this might feel like a lot of open doors. But I rate it 4 out of 5, because I think there's a lot of people who can learn alot from this book - and any book like this with it. As is with th...
  • Cary Giese
    Mar 28, 2019
    This is one of the problems the book describes...long term goals (and problems) tend to slip down the political agenda trumped by immediate issues?and focus on the next election.? Short-term-ism isn?t just a feature of electoral politics. Private investors don?t have a long eno...