Magazine
Latest Issue

If I ruled the world: John Mather

Achieve as much as we can—before the Earth becomes uninhabitable

By John Mather   September 2015

©NG Images/Alamy

Man, claiming position as ruler of planet Earth, is surely rare and perhaps unique in the cosmos. If I ruled the world (by ruling man for a short while), I would ensure that our experiment in civilisation does not crash but continues until the Sun burns out and, if possible, spreads to planets elsewhere. I want that to be our destiny. You might say, who cares, that’s a long time from now, and I just want to live another day. I say, why not? What a…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to letters@prospect-magazine.co.uk

More From Prospect