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Armageddon Science

The Science of Mass Destruction

Clegg, Brian

St. Martin's Press

An exploration of the terrifying threats to our world that fill today’s headlines:  from global warming epidemic to the threat of nuclear weapons and the risk posed by the leading edge devices like the Large Hadron Collider.  Armageddon Science by Brian Clegg is everything you want to know about potential man-made disaster.  
 
Climate change. Nuclear devastation. Bio-hazards. The Large Hadron Collider. What do these things have in common? They all have the potential to end our world. Every great scientific creation of man is balanced by an equal amount of danger—as there’s no progress without risk. Armageddon Science is an authoritative look at the real “mad science” at work today, that recklessly puts life on Earth at risk for the pursuit of knowledge and personal gain. This book explores the reality of the dangers that science poses to the human race, from the classic fear of nuclear destruction to the latest possibilities for annihilation. Combining the science behind those threats with an understanding of the real people responsible as well as providing an assessment of the likelihood of the end of the world, this isn’t a disaster movie, it’s Armageddon Science.

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Armageddon Science Chapter One Mad Scientists

It was the secrets of heaven and earth that I desired to learn.

—Mary Shelley (1797–1851), Frankenstein (1818)

Mass destruction—killing on a vast scale—is a uniquely human concern. It’s not that other animal species aren’t threatened by it. Many have been driven to extinction, and many more now teeter on the brink. But unlike human beings, even the most intelligent animals don’t worry about the possibility of being wiped out in a terrible catastrophe. It is only thanks to the human ability

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Praise for Armageddon Science

"For those curious about how civilization might end, Clegg provides an ingenious, well-executed narrative of the many possibilities."—Kirkus Reviews
 
"Brian Clegg . . . surprises readers with calm examinations of each threat and even offers welcomed reassurances that destruction is not imminent . . . Easy to read and hard to set aside."—Booklist

"Clegg explores how runaway science and other disasters might destroy humanity . . . In each case he expertly describes the science and evaluates the seriousness of the threat. Clegg is an optimist and never a fear monger."—Publishers Weekly

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Clegg, Brian

  • BRIAN CLEGG holds a physics degree from Cambridge and has written regular columns, features, and reviews for numerous magazines. His most recent book is Before the Big Bang.
  • Brian Clegg
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