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The End of the World: The Science and Ethics of Human Extinction

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Nuclear war, holes in the ozone layer, disease, genetic engineering, asteroids and supernovas - any of these may bring human history to an end. But are we in imminent danger of extinction? John Leslie assesses the risks facing the human race and concludes: yes, we probably are. Leslie pays particular attention to the 'doomsday argument'. This argument, arising from the und ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 12th 1996 by Routledge (first published March 21st 1996)
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Providing an interesting account of plausible doomsday scenarios for the ending of humanity, John Leslie shows that humanity's grip on life is far more tenuous than many of us realize. From the natural threats many of us might know (supervolcanoes, massive tidal waves, or global-extinction events caused by meteor strikes) to the possibilities we make ourselves (superdiseases or nuclear weapons), this book shows how simple it might be for humanity to fade away into the veil of history. Adding to ...more
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Sir John Leslie (10 April 1766 – 3 November 1832) was a Scottish mathematician and physicist best remembered for his research into heat.

Leslie gave the first modern account of capillary action in 1802 and froze water using an air-pump in 1810, the first artificial production of ice.

In 1804, he experimented with radiant heat using a cubical vessel filled with boiling water. One side of the cube is
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