What happens here on Earth, in this century, could conceivably make the difference between a near eternity filled with ever more complex and subtle forms of life and one filled with nothing but base matter.
For many technological debacles, Rees places much of the blame squarely on the shoulders of the scientists who participate in perfecting environmental destruction, biological menaces, and ever-more powerful weapons. So is there any hope for humanity? Rees is vaguely optimistic on this point, offering solutions that would require a level of worldwide cooperation humans have yet to exhibit. If the daily news isn't enough to make you want to crawl under a rock, this book will do the trick. --Therese Littleton
Most of the book is simply a short summary of news events of the past few years, with a few 'shock and awe' highly unlikely events thrown in to amaze the reader. Read morePublished on Nov. 5 2003 by Gary Upshaw
Certainly interesting although very short and he disappears into
the stars toward the end and totally loses his focus toward the end.
It's strange how many "the world is going to end" books cross my desk. Our Final Hour: A Scientist's Warning: How Terror, Error, and Environmental Disaster Threaten Humankind's... Read morePublished on July 14 2003 by Fraser Cain
The book is dry but utterly convincing. Only a pollyanna could seriously disagree with the conclusions.
My point is a practical, compassionate one. Read more
Martin Rees asserts in Our Final Hour that the odds are no better than half that the human race will survive to the end of this century. Read morePublished on June 12 2003 by Midwest Book Review
If the 19th Century was The Industrial Age, and the 20th Century the Information Age, then Sir Martin Rees's 21st Century may well be The Asymmetrical Age, though he does not use... Read morePublished on June 7 2003 by The Don Wood Files
Martin Rees, in Our Final Hour (A Scientist's Warning), gets his point across. Humanity's chances on earth have a 50/50 probablility, in the author's opinion, of making it into... Read morePublished on June 2 2003 by Ricky Hunter
This is a good book. If E.O. Wilson had not published "The Future of Life" or J. F. Rischard "High Noon: 20 Global Problems, 20 Years to Solve them", or Brian... Read morePublished on May 29 2003 by Robert David STEELE Vivas