2012 - Fall
"A Cosmic Perspective
for the 21st Century"
Monday, October 15, 2012
The Vogue Theatre
Thank you to all of you who attended the Wall Exchange downtown Fall lecture on Monday, October 15, 2012. Please take a moment to share your feedback in our survey.
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Read the feature in The Georgia Straight Magazine, Cosmologist Martin Rees will speak in Vancouver about Earth's future in the 21st century. Also see The Georgia Straight's follow-up article on the event in, Cosmologist Martin Rees says there may be life after Earth as we know it.
Click here to watch video highlights from Sir Martin Rees' lecture. To watch the full lecture on our YouTube Channel, click here.
Click here to listen to the audio podcast. Recording courtesy of CBC Radio.
Martin Rees, one of the world's most eminent astronomers, professor of cosmology and astrophysics at the University of Cambridge and the UK's Astronomer Royal, examines our planet and its future from a cosmic perspective.
We live on an ever more interconnected and crowded planet, where each person is empowered by transformative technology and increasingly demanding of resources. There is a widening gulf between what science enables us to do, and what it's prudent or ethical actually to do. The Earth has existed for 45 million centuries but this is the first when one species, ours, can determine the long-range planetary future. The stakes are high; optimum policies require a longer-term and less parochial perspective than normally prevails in political debate, the deployment of the best scientific advice, and engagement of a wider public.
In science itself, the most dramatic conceptual advances are the least predictable. But, in scanning these intellectual horizons, we must be mindful that there may be fundamental limits to our understanding -- key aspects of reality that human brains (even computer-aided) can't grasp.
The Vogue Theatre is located at:
918 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1L2
The closest pay parking available is behind the theatre on the 900 block of Seymour St.
Wheelchair spaces are located to the right of the center aisle, on the orchestra level (row 19).