Martin Rees is President of the Royal Society and Master of Trinity College, Cambridge. The essay in this issue is based on the 2008 Ditchley Foundation Anniversary Lecture. (November 2008)

Science: The Coming Century

Fifty years ago no one could confidently have predicted the geopolitical landscape of today. And scientific forecasting is just as hazardous. Three of today’s most remarkable technologies had their gestation in the 1950s. But nobody could then have guessed how pervasively they would shape our lives. It was in 1958 …