2012 - Fall

Martin Rees
"A Cosmic Perspective
for the 21st Century"

Monday, October 15, 2012
The Vogue Theatre

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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

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.

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About the Author
Lord Martin Rees has just completed eight years as Master of Trinity College, Cambridge. He holds the honorary title of Astronomer Royal. He has been President of the Royal Society and is a member of the House of Lords. After studying at Cambridge, he held post-doctoral positions in the UK and the USA, before becoming a professor at Sussex University, and subsequently a Professor at Cambridge, where he also served for ten years as director of the Institute of Astronomy. He has received numerous international awards including the Balzan Prize, the Crafoord Prize, the Gruber Prize and the Templeton Prize. He is a foreign associate of the US National Academy of Sciences, the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Pontifical Academy, and several other foreign academies. He is the author or co-author of more than 500 research papers, mainly on astrophysics and cosmology, as well as seven books, and numerous articles on scientific and general subjects. His most recent book is 'From Here to Infinity -- Scientific Horizons', an expanded version of his BBC Reith Lectures.
About the Talk
Our cosmos began more than 13 billion years: we are beginning to understand how atoms, stars and planets emerged, and how, on our own planet, Darwinian evolution led to the emergence of creatures able to ponder their origins. Over the whole of science, advances proceed apace, revealing remarkable insights, and opening up an ever-widening range of applications -- both opportunities and threats.

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.
About the Venue
Designed as a dual-purpose theatre to showcase both live performances and movies, the Vogue has been a preferred venue for performers, filmmakers, and audiences alike since 1941 and is prominent landmark of Vancouver's theatre district.

The Vogue Theatre is located at:
918 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1L2

Parking
The closest pay parking available is behind the theatre on the 900 block of Seymour St.

Accessibility
Wheelchair spaces are located to the right of the center aisle, on the orchestra level (row 19).