Extreme Events in Nature and Society / Edition 1

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Significant, and usually unwelcome, surprises, such as floods, financial crisis, epileptic seizures, or material rupture, are the topics of Extreme Events in Nature and Society. The book, authored by foremost experts in these fields, reveals unifying and distinguishing features of extreme events, including problems of understanding and modelling their origin, spatial and temporal extension, and potential impact. The chapters converge towards the difficult problem of anticipation: forecasting the event and proposing measures to moderate or prevent it. Extreme Events in Nature and Society will interest not only specialists, but also the general reader eager to learn how the multifaceted field of extreme events can be viewed as a coherent whole.

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"… eine Buchreihe ... Begründet und redaktionell betreut von Physikerin Angela Lahee, hat sie das Ziel, den Lesern eine Erweiterung und Reflexion der eigenen Wissensgrenzen zu ermöglichen. … Ziel ist ein einheitliches Verständnis katastrophaler Umbrüche, wobei die Modelle von ihren Ursprüngen, ihrer räumlichen und zeitlichen Charakteristika und ihren Folgen künftig … zu ihrer Vorhersage und Verhinderung beitragen sollten. … außerordentlich lesenwert. ‘was wir brauchen, ist nicht der Wille zu glauben, sondern der Wille herauszufinden‘ … Die interdisziplinäre, unkonventionelle Frontiers Collection … hat ihn sogar zu ihrem Leitspruch erhoben."

(Rüdiger Vaas, in: Naturwissenschaftliche Rundschau, 2007, Vol. 60, Issue 4, S. 212 ff.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783540286103
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 12/28/2005
  • Series: Frontiers Collection Series
  • Edition description: 2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Sergio Albeverio: Studied mathematics and physics; professorships and research positions at several universities (in Europe, USA, Russia, Japan, China); now professor at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Director of Interdisciplinary Center for Complex Systems at the University of Bonn.

Volker Jentsch: Studied physics and geophysics; worked in Max Planck Institutes, universities and scientific administration; now co-director at the Interdisciplinary Center for Complex Systems at the University of Bonn.

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Table of Contents

1 Extreme events : magic, mysteries, and challenges 1
2 Anticipating extreme events 21
3 Mathematical methods and concepts for the analysis of extreme events 47
4 Dynamical interpretation of extreme events : predictability and predictions 69
5 Endogenous versus exogenous origins of crises 95
6 Epilepsy : extreme events in the human brain 123
7 Extreme events in the geological past 145
8 Wind and precipitation extremes in the earth's atmosphere 169
9 Freak ocean waves and refraction of Gaussian seas 189
10 Predicting the lifetime of steel 211
11 Computer simulations of opinions and their reactions to extreme events 233
12 Networks of the extreme : a search for the exceptional 259
13 Risk management and physical modelling for mountainous natural hazards 277
14 Prevention of surprise 295
15 Disasters as extreme events and the importance of network interactions for disaster response management 319
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