Subscribe and enjoy more than 1 million books
Add this book to bookshelf
Grey 902feb64d8b6d481ab8ddda06fbebbba4c95dfa9b7936a7beeb197266cd8b846
Write a new comment Default profile 50px
Grey 902feb64d8b6d481ab8ddda06fbebbba4c95dfa9b7936a7beeb197266cd8b846
Read online the first chapters of this book!
All characters reduced 7236434c7af12f85357591f712aa5cce47c3d377e8addfc98f989c55a4ef4ca5
On the Future - Prospects for Humanity - cover

On the Future - Prospects for Humanity

Martin Rees

Publisher: Princeton University Press

  • 0
  • 1
  • 0

Summary

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-term thinking, polarizing debates, alarmist rhetoric, and pessimism. In this short, exhilarating book, renowned scientist and bestselling author Martin Rees argues that humanity’s prospects depend on our taking a very different approach to planning for tomorrow. 
The future of humanity is bound to the future of science and hinges on how successfully we harness technological advances to address our challenges. If we are to use science to solve our problems while avoiding its dystopian risks, we must think rationally, globally, collectively, and optimistically about the long term. Advances in biotechnology, cybertechnology, robotics, and artificial intelligence—if pursued and applied wisely—could empower us to boost the developing and developed world and overcome the threats humanity faces on Earth, from climate change to nuclear war. At the same time, further advances in space science will allow humans to explore the solar system and beyond with robots and AI. But there is no “Plan B” for Earth—no viable alternative within reach if we do not care for our home planet. 
Rich with fascinating insights into cutting-edge science and technology, this accessible book will captivate anyone who wants to understand the critical issues that will define the future of humanity on Earth and beyond.

Other books that might interest you

  • Immune - How Your Body Defends and Protects You - cover

    Immune - How Your Body Defends...

    Catherine Carver

    • 0
    • 3
    • 0
    The human body is like an exceedingly well-fortified castle, defended by billions of soldiers – some live for less than a day, others remember battles for decades, but all are essential in protecting us from disease. This hidden army is our immune system, and without it we could not survive the eternal war between our microscopic enemies and ourselves. 
     
    Immune explores the incredible arsenal that lives within us – how it knows what to attack and what to defend, and how it kills everything from the common cold virus to plague bacteria. We see what happens when the immune system turns on us, and how life is impossible without its protection. We learn how diseases try to evade the immune system and exploit its vulnerabilities, and we discover how scientists are designing new drugs to harness the power of the system to fight disease.  
     
    Do transplants ever reject their new bodies? What is pus? How can your body make more antibodies than there are stars in our galaxy? Why is cancer so hard for our immune system to fight? Why do flu outbreaks cause a spike in sleep disorders? Can we smell someone else's immune system, and does that help us subconsciously decide who we fall in love with? In this book, Catherine Carver answers all of these compelling questions, and many more besides. 
     
    Drawing on everything from ancient Egyptian medical texts to cutting-edge medical science, Immune will take you on an adventure packed with weird and wonderful revelations about your own internal defensive system.
    Show book
  • Sapiens - A Brief History of Humankind - cover

    Sapiens - A Brief History of...

    Yuval Noah Harari

    • 18
    • 459
    • 0
    New York Times Bestseller 
    A Summer Reading Pick for President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg  
    From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.” 
    One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one—homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us? 
    Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas. 
    Dr. Harari also compels us to look ahead, because over the last few decades humans have begun to bend laws of natural selection that have governed life for the past four billion years. We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us, but also ourselves. Where is this leading us, and what do we want to become? 
    Featuring 27 photographs, 6 maps, and 25 illustrations/diagrams, this provocative and insightful work is sure to spark debate and is essential reading for aficionados of Jared Diamond, James Gleick, Matt Ridley, Robert Wright, and Sharon Moalem.
    Show book
  • How to Walk on Water and Climb up Walls - Animal Movement and the Robots of the Future - cover

    How to Walk on Water and Climb...

    David Hu

    • 0
    • 1
    • 0
    Discovering the secrets of animal movement and what they can teach us 
    Insects walk on water, snakes slither, and fish swim. Animals move with astounding grace, speed, and versatility: how do they do it, and what can we learn from them? In How to Walk on Water and Climb up Walls, David Hu takes readers on an accessible, wondrous journey into the world of animal motion. From basement labs at MIT to the rain forests of Panama, Hu shows how animals have adapted and evolved to traverse their environments, taking advantage of physical laws with results that are startling and ingenious. In turn, the latest discoveries about animal mechanics are inspiring scientists to invent robots and devices that move with similar elegance and efficiency. 
    Hu follows scientists as they investigate a multitude of animal movements, from the undulations of sandfish and the way that dogs shake off water in fractions of a second to the seemingly crash-resistant characteristics of insect flight. Not limiting his exploration to individual organisms, Hu describes the ways animals enact swarm intelligence, such as when army ants cooperate and link their bodies to create bridges that span ravines. He also looks at what scientists learn from nature’s unexpected feats—such as snakes that fly, mosquitoes that survive rainstorms, and dead fish that swim upstream. As researchers better understand such issues as energy, flexibility, and water repellency in animal movement, they are applying this knowledge to the development of cutting-edge technology. 
    Integrating biology, engineering, physics, and robotics, How to Walk on Water and Climb up Walls demystifies the remarkable mechanics behind animal locomotion.
    Show book
  • Discover Physics - cover

    Discover Physics

    Benjamin Crowell

    • 0
    • 1
    • 0
    Since birth, you've wanted to discover things. You started out by putting every available object in your mouth. Later you began asking the grownups all those "why" questions. None of this makes you unique — humans are naturally curious animals. What's unusual is that you've decided to take a physics course. There are easier ways to satisfy a science requirement, so evidently, you're one of those uncommon people who has retained the habit of curiosity into adulthood, and you're willing to tackle a subject that requires sustained intellectual effort. Bravo!
    Contents: 
    The Rules of the Rules
    A Preview of Noether's Theorem
    1.3 What Are The Symmetries?
    Lab 1a: Scaling
    The Ray Model of Light
    Rays Don't Rust
    Time-Reversal Symmetry
    The Speed of Light
    Reflection 
    Lab 2a: Time-Reversal and Reflection
    Lab 2b: Models of Light
    Lab 2c: The Speed of Light in Matter
    Real and Virtual Images
    Angular Magnification
    Lab 3a: Images
    Lab 3b: A Real Image
    Lab 3c: Lenses
    Lab 3d: The Telescope
    Conservation of Mass 
    Conservation of Energy
    Newton's Law of Gravity
    Noether's Theorem for Energy
    Equivalence of Mass and Energy 
    Lab 4a: Conservation Laws
    Lab 4b: Conservation of Energy 
    Conservation of Momentum
    Translation Symmetry 
    The Strong Principle of Inertia
    Momentum
    Lab 5a: Interactions
    Lab 5b: Frames of Reference
    Lab 5c: Conservation of Momentum
    Lab 5d: Conservation of Angular Momentum.
    The Principle of Relativity
    Distortion of Time and Space 
    Combination of velocities
    Equivalence of mass and energy
    Electricity and Magnetism
    Electrical Interactions
    Newton's quest
    Charge and electric field
    Circuits
    Voltage,
    Resistance
    Electromagnetism 
    Magnetic interactions 
    Relativity requires magnetism
    Magnetic fields,
    Electromagnetic signals
    What's Left? 
    Lab 7a: Charge
    Lab 7b: Electrical Measurements 
    Lab 7c: Is Charge Conserved?
    Lab 7d: Circuits
    Lab 7e: Electric Fields
    Lab 7f: Magnetic Fields
    Lab 7g: Induction 
    Lab 7h: Light Waves 
    Lab 7i: Electron Waves
    Show book
  • Timefulness - How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World - cover

    Timefulness - How Thinking Like...

    Marcia Bjornerud

    • 0
    • 1
    • 0
    Why an awareness of Earth’s temporal rhythms is critical to our planetary survival 
    Few of us have any conception of the enormous timescales in our planet’s long history, and this narrow perspective underlies many of the environmental problems we are creating for ourselves. The passage of nine days, which is how long a drop of water typically stays in Earth’s atmosphere, is something we can easily grasp. But spans of hundreds of years—the time a molecule of carbon dioxide resides in the atmosphere—approach the limits of our comprehension. Our everyday lives are shaped by processes that vastly predate us, and our habits will in turn have consequences that will outlast us by generations. Timefulness reveals how knowing the rhythms of Earth’s deep past and conceiving of time as a geologist does can give us the perspective we need for a more sustainable future. 
    Marcia Bjornerud shows how geologists chart the planet’s past, explaining how we can determine the pace of solid Earth processes such as mountain building and erosion and comparing them with the more unstable rhythms of the oceans and atmosphere. These overlapping rates of change in the Earth system—some fast, some slow—demand a poly-temporal worldview, one that Bjornerud calls “timefulness.” She explains why timefulness is vital in the Anthropocene, this human epoch of accelerating planetary change, and proposes sensible solutions for building a more time-literate society. 
    This compelling book presents a new way of thinking about our place in time, enabling us to make decisions on multigenerational timescales. The lifespan of Earth may seem unfathomable compared to the brevity of human existence, but this view of time denies our deep roots in Earth’s history—and the magnitude of our effects on the planet.
    Show book
  • Beautiful Geometry - cover

    Beautiful Geometry

    Eli Maor, Eugen Jost

    • 0
    • 1
    • 0
    If you've ever thought that mathematics and art don't mix, this stunning visual history of geometry will change your mind. As much a work of art as a book about mathematics, Beautiful Geometry presents more than sixty exquisite color plates illustrating a wide range of geometric patterns and theorems, accompanied by brief accounts of the fascinating history and people behind each. With artwork by Swiss artist Eugen Jost and text by math historian Eli Maor, this unique celebration of geometry covers numerous subjects, from straightedge-and-compass constructions to intriguing configurations involving infinity. The result is a delightful and informative illustrated tour through the 2,500-year-old history of one of the most important branches of mathematics.
    Show book