Everything, however complicated – breaking waves, migrating birds, and tropical

Everything, however complicated – breaking waves, migrating birds, and tropical forests – is made of atoms and obeys the equations of quantum physics. But even if those equations could be solved, they wouldn’t offer the enlightenment that scientists seek. Each science has its own autonomous concepts and laws.
– Martin Rees –




We should all oppose – as Darwin did – views manifestly in conflict with the

We should all oppose – as Darwin did – views manifestly in conflict with the evidence, such as creationism… But we shouldn’t set up this debate as ‘religion v science’; instead we should strive for peaceful coexistence with at least the less dogmatic strands of mainstream religions, which number many excellent scientists among their adherents.
– Martin Rees –






Some things, like the orbits of the planets, can be calculated far into the

Some things, like the orbits of the planets, can be calculated far into the future. But that’s atypical. In most contexts, there is a limit. Even the most fine-grained computation can only forecast British weather a few days ahead. There are limits to what can ever be learned about the future, however powerful computers become.
– Martin Rees –




The scientific community should work as hard as possible to address major issues

The scientific community should work as hard as possible to address major issues that affect our everyday lives such as climate change, infectious diseases and counterterrorism; in particular, ‘clean energy’ research deserves far higher priority. And science and technology are the prime routes to tackling these issues.
– Martin Rees –