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Scientific Horizons

This year's Reith lecturer is the cosmologist and astrophysicist Professor Martin Rees.

Professor Rees has been President of the Royal Society since 2005 and is a member of the House of Lords. He has been Astronomer Royal since 1995, and is Master of Trinity College, Cambridge.

His Reith Lectures will explore the role of science as a common culture and the scope and limits of our scientific understanding.

Professor Rees will also discuss how science might further transform our lives in the rest of the 21st Century – posing new opportunities, threats and ethical challenges.

And he will consider scenarios, some optimistic, some less so, for a world in which pressures on resources and the environment will become ever more acute.

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Episode 4: The Runaway World

4/4 In his final Reith lecture, Martin Rees urges the UK to stay at the forefront of science.

Sun 27 Jun 2010 13:05 GMT BBC World Service

See all previous episodes from The Reith Lectures

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