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Martin Rees – The World in 2050 – and Beyond
3 June, 2021 @ 19:00 - 20:30Free
Martin Rees, Baron Rees of Ludlow,ÂÂ is aÂ BritishÂ cosmologistÂ andÂ astrophysicist. He has beenÂ Astronomer RoyalÂ since 1995Â and wasÂ MasterÂ ofÂ Trinity College, CambridgeÂ from 2004 to 2012 andÂ President of the Royal SocietyÂ between 2005 and 2010.
Martinâ€™s field is astronomy where he has achieved many important results, and recently Martin has founded the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at Cambridge University, where he studies the fundamental threats and risks to humanity.
In his book, “On the Future: Prospects for Humanity” published in 2018, he demonstrates that humanity has reached a critical moment. Our world is unsettled and rapidly changing, and we face existential risks over the next century. Various outcomesâ€”good and badâ€”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, Martin argues that humanityâ€™s prospects depend on our taking a very different approach to planning for tomorrow.