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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... more...

Our universe seems strangely ''biophilic,'' or hospitable to life. Is this happenstance, providence, or coincidence? According to cosmologist Martin Rees, the answer depends on the answer to another question, the one posed by Einstein's famous remark: ''What interests me most is whether God could have made the world differently.'' This highly engaging book explores the fascinating consequences of the answer being ''yes.'' Rees explores... more...

World authority on astrophysics, Sir Martin Rees, takes us on a journey through all the things which could wipe out mankind in the near future. From asteroids to disease to scientific discoveries gone wrong (from nanobots to the large Hadron collider) these are scenarios from disaster movies, analysed with a serious scientific eye. Some of these things definitely won't happen, some genuinely might - this is one book you won't be able to put down and... more...

One of our greatest scientific minds reflect on the role of science in the twenty-first century. Science is often portrayed as an obscure, difficult discipline, governed by elite researchers and inaccessible to the general public. In this riveting, inspiring new book, preeminent astrophysicist Martin Rees overturns this view, urging improved communication between researchers and laypeople. In order to shape debates over healthcare, energy... more...

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This is the ultimate guided tour of our universe. From the fiery mass of the Sun's core to the black hole at the centre of the Milky Way, take off into the farthest limits of space and discover our universe. Explore the latest discoveries in astronomy, spectacular star charts and stunning images from space probes and telescopes. It offers a dazzling visual exploration of all the astonishing features and phenomena of space. It is an out-of-this-world... more...


This title provides the ultimate guided tour of space. 'beautifully illustrated and fascinating read for anyone with even a passing interest in the skies above' - "Geographical". From the fiery mass of the Sun's core to the black hole at the centre of the Milky Way, take off into the farthest limits of space and discover our universe. Explore the latest discoveries in astronomy, spectacular star charts and stunning images from the latest space probes... more...

Richly illustrated with the images from observatories on the ground and in space, and computer simulations, this book shows how black holes were discovered, and discusses our current understanding of their role in cosmic evolution. This second edition covers new discoveries made in the past decade, including definitive proof of a black hole at the center of the Milky Way, evidence that the expansion of the Universe is accelerating, and the new... more...