Bak's Sand Pile

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Did the terrorist attacks on the United States in 2001, the massive power blackout of 2003, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and the Gulf oil spill of 2010 'just happen'-or were these shattering events foreseeable? Do such calamities in fact follow a predictable pattern? Can we plan for the unforeseen by thinking about the unthinkable?

Ted Lewis explains the pattern of catastrophes and their underlying cause. In a provocative tour of a volatile world, he guides the reader through ...

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Overview

Did the terrorist attacks on the United States in 2001, the massive power blackout of 2003, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and the Gulf oil spill of 2010 'just happen'-or were these shattering events foreseeable? Do such calamities in fact follow a predictable pattern? Can we plan for the unforeseen by thinking about the unthinkable?

Ted Lewis explains the pattern of catastrophes and their underlying cause. In a provocative tour of a volatile world, he guides the reader through mega-fires, fragile power grids, mismanaged telecommunication systems, global terrorist movements, migrating viruses, volatile markets and Internet storms. Modern societies want to avert catastrophes, but the drive to make things faster, cheaper, and more efficient leads to self-organized criticality-the condition of systems on the verge of disaster. This is a double-edged sword. Everything from biological evolution to political revolution is driven by some collapse, calamity or crisis. To avoid annihilation but allow for progress, we must change the ways in which we understand the patterns and manage systems. Bak's Sand Pile explains how.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780983074502
  • Publisher: Agile Research and Technology, Inc
  • Publication date: 2/28/2011
  • Pages: 382
  • Sales rank: 928,285
  • Product dimensions: 0.85 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2013

    Dr. Lewis is able to deconstruct and make easy to understand com

    Dr. Lewis is able to deconstruct and make easy to understand complex events and patterns that may otherwise be undetectable or explained as spurious relationships. Bak's Sand Pile is a must read for all financial managers and investment brokers who would like to better understand when the next financial meltdown will occur.

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  • Posted June 10, 2012

    I think that Dr. Lewis brings a fresh and interesting approach

    I think that Dr. Lewis brings a fresh and interesting approach to looking at complex issues. I highly recomend this book.

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