Several scientists have recently written monographs for popular consumption on the subject of threats to civilization. In addition to the obvious threat of nuclear holocaust that we grew up fearing when we were children during the cold war, the authors address the probabilities of threats that include things like rogue asteroids, earthquakes, solar explosions, alien invasions and, of course, global warming. We’ll use available data to inform what we might conclude about how much we should be worrying about each of the threats that we identify, and consider the extent to which there might be active steps that we might take to mitigate them.
This is the way the world ends …
Group Leader: STEVE HOLT
Meets on: Wednesdays 10:00 am to noon
Class Size: 24
Teaching Style: Lecture and discussion
Weekly Preparation: None
Group Leader Biography:
Steve Holt is an astrophysicist who has been both an educator and an active researcher. He retired from the position of Director of Space Sciences at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center to become a member of the founding faculty at the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, where he is currently an Emeritus Professor of Physics.