The Meaning Of The 21st Century

The Meaning Of The 21st Century : A Vital Blueprint For Ensuring Our Future

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James Martin, one of the world's most widely respected authorities on the impact of technology on society, argues that we are living at a turning point in human history. 'We are travelling at breakneck speed into an era of extremes - extremes of wealth and poverty, extremes in technology, extremes in globalization. If we are to survive, we must learn how to manage them all.' Although we face huge challenges and conflicts, Martin argues that it is in the scientific breakthroughs of the new century that we will find new hope. In a clear, penetrating and insightful style he addresses the key questions of our age and proposes an interconnected set of solutions to its problems.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 34mm | 399.16g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Eden Project Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 190391986X
  • 9781903919866
  • 241,585

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"Definitely a "must read" book." -- John Gribbin * Independent * "There is material in this remarkable and well-written book for lively controversy, but that can only be good . . . Two special points emerge. First is the sheer scope of the book and the way in which so many diverse ideas are put together and effectively related to each other. Second is the author's optimism." -- Sir Crispin Tickell * The Times Literary Supplement * "This epic new piece of futurology aims no less than to ensure the survival of the human race . . . It's up to our children to determine how well we cope with the revolution, so get them to read this lively, readable, provocative and occasionally inspiring book as soon as possible." * Laurence Phelan, Independent on Sunday * "[An] extremely good book . . . You would be hard-pressed to find a more sensible and readable digest of the concerns we have to face this century." * The Sunday Times, CULTURE magazine * "Britain's leading futurologist . . . Martin is able to describe extraordinarily complex technological advances in easily accessible terms." -- Tony Allen-Mills * Sunday Times *show more

About James Martin

James Martin was born in Leicestershire, studied physics at Oxford, served in the British Army and then joined IBM in Paris as a systems engineer. He lectures all over the world and has written extensively on management and technology. Alongside his Litt.D from Oxford University, he has honorary doctorates from all six continents. And in 2007 James Martin became a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science.show more

Review Text

"There is material in this remarkable and well-written book for lively controversy, but that can only be good . . . Two special points emerge. First is the sheer scope of the book and the way in which so many diverse ideas are put together and effectively related to each other. Second is the author's optimism."show more

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We live at a turning point in human history. Ahead is a century of massive change. Either we learn to manage this change, or we allow it to control us and face devastating consequences. James Martin explains with clarity and precision the nature of the challenges we face, from global warming to famine, religious extremism and technological advance, and then defines the thinking that will provide us with solutions for the future. Far from doom-mongering, his book is an extraordinarily optimistic and empowering argument for transition on a global scale: a ringing call to arms and a pragmatic blueprint for action. 'A plethora of books have surveyed humankind's niche on Earth. Many have examined our prospects for the future, but James Martin's book is by far the most ambitious . . . So persuasive is Martin that one can readily agree with him that, in light of the sheer intensity of scientific research today, and our apparent new-found capability to solve whatever problems afflict us, the 21st century must surely rank as by far the finest time to be alive . . . As Martin puts it, the present century is "crunch time".' Norman Myers, Nature 'Britain's leading futurologist . . . Martin is able to describe extraordinarily complex technological advances in easily accessible terms.' Tony Allen-Mills, Sunday Times 'There is material in this remarkable and well-written book for lively controversy, but that can only be good . . . Two special points emerge. First is the sheer scope of the book and the way in which so many diverse ideas are put together and effectively related to each other. Second is the author's optimism.' Sir Crispin Tickell, The Times Literary Supplementshow more

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