Crashes, Crises, and Calamities: How We Can Use Science to Read the Early-Warning Signs
Why do certain civilizations, societies, and ecosystems collapse? How does the domino effect relate to the credit crunch? When can mathematics help explain marriage? And how on earth do toads predict earthquakes? The future is uncertain. But science can help foretell what lies ahead.
Drawing on ecology and biology, math and physics, Crashes, Crises, and Calamities offers four fundamental tools that scientists and engineers use to forecast the likelihood of sudden change: stability, catastrophe, complexity, and game theories. In accessible prose, Len Fisher demonstrates how we can foresee and manage events that might otherwise catch us by surprise.
At the cutting edge of science, Fisher helps us find ways to act before a full-fledged catastrophe is upon us. Crashes, Crises, and Calamities is a witty and informative exploration of the chaos, complexity, and patterns of our daily lives.
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CRASHES, CRISES, AND CALAMITIES: Using Science to Anticipate DisastersUser Review - Kirkus
Popular-science writer Fisher (The Perfect Swarm: The Science of Complexity in Everyday Life, 2009, etc.) examines the search for warning signals preceding disastrous events.The author ... Read full review
1 Do Animals Have Crystal Balls?
2 The Future Eclipsed
3 Galileos Hell
PART 2 HOW DISASTERS HAPPEN
4 The Stress of It All
5 Runaway Disaster
6 The Balance of Nature and the Nature of Balance
READING THE SIGNS
7 The Chaotic Ecology of Dragons
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Limited preview - 2011