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Rees, Martin J. 1942-

Works: 154 works in 613 publications in 15 languages and 15,697 library holdings
Genres: Popular works  Forecasts  Encyclopedias  Conference papers and proceedings  Educational films  Internet videos 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, coo, Interviewee, Correspondent, Other
Classifications: QB981, 523.1
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Most widely held works by Martin J Rees
Gravity's fatal attraction : black holes in the universe by Mitchell C Begelman( Book )

37 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 1,940 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Black holes are an extraordinary construct, proposed by theorists and embraced by the popular imagination. They represent a mysterious, unexplored frontier where time and space behave in bizarre ways. In essence, black holes are an idea written, spoken, and thought about, but a fundamental question has always remained: Do black holes exist? Astrophysicists Mitchell Begelman and Martin Rees answer this question with a resounding yes. Central participants in the quest to understand black holes, they describe the great technological advances that have allowed scientists to gather compelling evidence that black holes are a real and ubiquitous phenomenon. These points where gravity is infinitely strong, "swallowing" everything in its vicinity, could number in the millions in every galaxy, as the remnants of ordinary stars several times more massive than the Sun. More remarkably, discoveries made early in 1995 supply conclusive evidence that giant black holes, perhaps weighing as much as billions of suns, are lurking at the very center of most galaxies. Gravity's Fatal Attraction: Black Holes in the Universe tracks the observations and accidents through which scientists discovered black holes and the related phenomena they power, such as quasars and dazzling jets a million light-years long. Scientists are just beginning to understand the exotic ways these invisible objects manifest themselves, and how they relate to other structures in the cosmos. Yet, new questions continue to arise: Could microscopic holes exist, the size of an atomic nucleus but the weight of a mountain? As the Universe evolves, could it be the ultimate fate of all matter to be "swallowed" by black holes? As Begelman and Rees point out, the cosmic "fireworks" scientists are investigating may prove most valuable as stepping-stones to even more profound knowledge. The quest to find black holes and related structures, and to understand the mysterious work of gravity within them, could ultimately confirm or refute our theories describing the physical laws of the Universe, and even help us understand its origins and final fate
Just six numbers : the deep forces that shape the universe by Martin J Rees( Book )

59 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in 10 languages and held by 1,790 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using data from very recent scientific discoveries, the author reveals the six numbers upon which all physical reality rests, from atomic structure to human tissue
Before the beginning : our universe and others by Martin J Rees( Book )

36 editions published between 1997 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 1,432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author, Britain's Astronomer Royal, posits that our universe "is just one element in a cosmic archipelago where impassable barriers prohibit communication between the islands ... [but where] our universe contains creatures able to observe it."--Jacket
Our final hour : a scientist's warning : how terror, error, and environmental disaster threaten humankind's future in this century on earth and beyond by Martin J Rees( Book )

11 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 1,326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher's description: Bolstered by unassailable science and delivered in eloquent style, Our Final Hour's provocative argument that humanity has a mere 50/50 chance of surviving the next century has struck a chord with readers, reviewers, and opinion-makers everywhere. Rees's vision of our immediate future is both a work of stunning scientific originality and a humanistic clarion call on behalf of the future of life
Our cosmic habitat by Martin J Rees( Book )

45 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in 9 languages and held by 1,150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a compelling new survey of the universe, the noted cosmologist probes the seeming hospitality of the universe to life, wondering whether this fact is accidental or providential
Universe by Martin J Rees( Book )

40 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 1,018 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pictorial guide to the majesty and beauty of the universe
From here to infinity : a vision for the future of science by Martin J Rees( Book )

6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 660 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 health care, energy policy, space travel, and other vital issues, ordinary citizens must develop a feel for science, the one truly global culture, and engage directly with research rather than relying on pundits' and politicians' interpretations. Recognized as an expert on the political and ethical impacts of science, Rees demonstrates how we must solve the new challenges we face, from population growth to climate change, by devising strategies with a long-term, global perspective. In the process, he offers insights into the prospects for future discoveries while also explaining science's intrinsic limits. Just as importantly, Rees reminds us that science should be a source of pleasure and wonder, for specialists and nonspecialists alike
Cosmic coincidences : dark matter, mankind, and anthropic cosmology by John Gribbin( Book )

17 editions published between 1989 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 556 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Black holes, gravitational waves, and cosmology : an introduction to current research by Martin J Rees( Book )

32 editions published between 1974 and 2009 in English and Russian and held by 550 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume first appeared in the English and Russian editions in 1974 as an introduction for new graduate students, to the rapidly developing field of relativistic astrophysics and cosmology. Some of the classic concepts introduced in the first edition included: * the lines of force of electric and magnetic fields near a black hole * the ergosphere and effective potential techniques for a rotating black hole * the details of rotational energy extraction from a black hole * the basic estimates for the cross-sections of gravitational wave detectors * and for the energy sources of gravitational waves * the scenario for gravitational collapse In cosmology, the foundations of the hot big bang model, the cosmic background radiation and cosmological nucleosynthesis were reviewed and the volume concluded with a lecture entitled Beyond the End of Time by J.A. Wheeler. Since 1974, enormous progress has occurred in some of these areas and the corresponding treatments are complex. This new edition provides a useful source of reference and presents the initial treatments of these topics and the ideas that motivated them thus providing a more complete picture of the development of this field for the reader. In order to mark the progress made in the intervening years, the authors have compiled a introduction to the new edition and an Appendix which comprises classic reprints which are related to the problems discussed in the original edition
New perspectives in astrophysical cosmology by Martin J Rees( Book )

10 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in English and held by 516 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume presents a synthesis of our understanding of modern cosmology. In recent years, observational cosmology has made remarkable advances, bringing into sharper focus a new set of fundamental questions that Professor Rees addresses in this book. Why is the universe expanding the way it is? What were the 'seeds' that caused galaxies, clusters and superclusters to form? What is the nature of 'dark matter'? What happened in the very early universe?"--Jacket
Perspectives in astrophysical cosmology by Martin J Rees( Book )

9 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The constants of physics : proceedings of a Royal Society discussion meeting held on 25 and 26 May 1983 by Royal Society (Great Britain)( Book )

8 editions published between 1983 and 1985 in English and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Supernovae : a survey of current research : proceedings of the NATO Advanced Study Institute held at Cambridge, U.K., June 29-July 10, 1981 by Martin J Rees( Book )

17 editions published in 1982 in English and Undetermined and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The theme of the conference held at the Institute of Astronomy in the summer of 1981 was 'Supernovae'. The topic was interpreted very broadly: observations in all wavebands were discussed, along with theories for the explosion mechanism and the light curves; there were papers on supernova remnants and pulsar statistics; other sessions dealt with the use of new techniques for improving supernova searches, and with the importance of supernovae for cosmogonic and cosmological studies. This book contains texts based on all the main review lectures, together with a number of shorter papers which describe new results presented at the conference. The Scientific Organising Committee, responsible for arranging the programme, consisted of J. Audouze, G.B. Brown, J. Danziger, F. Pacini, M.J. Rees (Chairman) and J.W. Truran. The conference was well attended, with over 100 visitors to Cambridge as well as many local participants. We are grateful to all those who helped with the practical organisation of the meeting, especially Dr Michael Ingham (Secretary of the Institute of Astronomy) and Mrs Norah Tate. We thank all the authors of the papers in this volume for the trouble they took in preparing written versions of their excellent lectures, and for the efforts they made to meet our ' final' deadl ine: we wish especially to thank Drs W.O. Arnett and J.M. Lattimer for help with the edi torial work
The illustrated encyclopedia of the universe( Book )

14 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
The vanishing face of gaia : a final warning by James Lovelock( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lovelock first began thinking that the planet resembles a living entity in the 1960s, while working for a NASA project on how to detect life on Mars. While other scientists suggested elaborate tests involving space probes to check for microbes in Martian soil, Lovelock said to save the rocket fuel, we didn't even need to bother going there. Life, he theorized, would leave its telltale signature in a planet's atmosphere. There would be chemicals or elements that shouldn't be there but for the existence of something unusual, like living things. Anyone looking at the Earth from afar could tell right away that it had to harbour life because its atmosphere is loaded with oxygen, a gas so chemically reactive it shouldn't exist at all in any quantity. -- from (Dec. 17, 2015)
Our final century : a scientist's warning : how terror, error, and environmental disaster threaten humankind's future in this century - on Earth and beyond by Martin J Rees( Book )

8 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Observational cosmology : eight [sic] advanced course of the Swiss Society of Astronomy and Astrophysics by J. E Gunn( Book )

23 editions published between 1977 and 1978 in English and Undetermined and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The stuff of the universe : dark matter, mankind and the coincidences of cosmology by John Gribbin( Book )

4 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

TEDTalks : Martin Rees - Earth in Its Final Century?( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Martin Rees, one of the world's most eminent astronomers, is a professor of cosmology and astrophysics at the University of Cambridge and the UK's Astronomer Royal. Author of more than 500 research papers on cosmological topics ranging from black holes to quantum physics to the Big Bang, Rees has received countless awards for his scientific contributions. His 2004 book Our final hour catalogues the threats facing the human race in a 21st century dominated by unprecedented and accelerating scientific change. He is also extremely devoted to explaining the complexities of science for general readers in such books as Before the beginning and Our cosmic habitat. In this TEDTalk, Sir Martin Rees examines our planet and its future from a cosmic perspective and urges action to prevent dark consequences from our scientific and technological development
A.S. Eddington and the unity of knowledge : scientist, Quaker & philosopher : a selection of the Eddington Memorial Lectures( Book )

4 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington (1882-1944) was a key figure in the development of modern astrophysics, who also made important contributions to the philosophy of science and popular science writing. The Arthur Eddington Memorial Trust was set up after his death in order to hold annual lectures on the relationship between scientific thought and aspects of philosophy, religion or ethics. This 2013 collection gathers together six of these lectures, together with Eddington's 1929 Swarthmore Lecture on Science and the Unseen World"--Back cover
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Alternative Names
Martin John Rees

Martin Rees astrónomo británico

Martin Rees astronomo e cosmologo inglese

Martin Rees, Baron Rees of Ludlow

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Martin Rees Brits natuurkundige

Martin Rees scientifique britannique

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Just six numbers : the deep forces that shape the universeBefore the beginning : our universe and othersOur final hour : a scientist's warning : how terror, error, and environmental disaster threaten humankind's future in this century on earth and beyondOur cosmic habitatUniverseBlack holes, gravitational waves, and cosmology : an introduction to current researchNew perspectives in astrophysical cosmologyPerspectives in astrophysical cosmology