50 Ways the World Could End Paperback – 5 Jun 2014
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From the Back Cover
Whether we like it or not, everything's going to come to a pretty unpleasant halt on our planet at some point in the future. What we don't know is what form our extinction is likely to take. In this accessible and entertaining book, acclaimed writer Alok Jha explains the head-spinning apocalyptic science behind 50 horrifying doomsday scenarios.
About the Author
Alok Jha is a science and environment correspondent at the Guardian newspaper, specialising in green technologies. In addition to writing news and comment, he presents the Science Weekly podcast and looks after the Guardian's science website. He graduated with a physics degree from Imperial College London and is also the author of How to Live Forever. He lives in London.
Top Customer Reviews
The various scenarios are grouped by theme, though there is some overlap between the themes. There’s also some overlap between the specific scenarios. I couldn’t help but think on occasion that a few of them could have been merged, or rather that they have been artificially split into two in order to make up a predetermined quota of 50.
Some of the more technologically-focused scenarios are going to be worth visiting in years to come, given the rate of change in our collective technological abilities. These may prove to be incredibly insightful prophecies though I suspect that some may prove to be slightly wide of the mark.
The wide variety of scenarios require Jha to be a bit of a jack of all scientific trades, though the vast majority fall within the fields of physics or biology. One of the slightly misleading things about the title, though understandably so, is that it’s very anthropocentric. A more accurate, though less aesthetically pleasing title might be 50 Ways Human Civilization Might End. Some are decidedly end of the world situations, some result in the world carrying on just with the absence of humans.
In each case, there is some attempt to say how likely each is to occur. In most cases, it’s “[not very likely]” though what might have made a good addendum would be a summary.Read more ›