Perils of a Restless Planet: Scientific Perspectives on Natural Disasters / Edition 1

Perils of a Restless Planet: Scientific Perspectives on Natural Disasters / Edition 1

by Ernest Zebrowski, Jr, Jr. Zebrowski
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521654882

ISBN-13: 9780521654883

Pub. Date: 02/28/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

From epidemics and earthquakes to tornados and tidal waves, the overwhelming power of nature never ceases to instill humankind with both terror and awe. As natural disasters continue to claim human lives and leave destruction in their wake, Perils of a Restless Planet examines our attempts to understand and anticipate such phenomena. Now available in paperback,

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From epidemics and earthquakes to tornados and tidal waves, the overwhelming power of nature never ceases to instill humankind with both terror and awe. As natural disasters continue to claim human lives and leave destruction in their wake, Perils of a Restless Planet examines our attempts to understand and anticipate such phenomena. Now available in paperback, this highly acclaimed book draws on actual events from ancient to present times. Coverage focuses on basic scientific inquiry, technological innovation and, ultimately, public policy to provide a lucid and riveting look at the natural events that have shaped our view of natural disasters. While shedding light on the elusive quality of nature's intermittent tantrums and the limits scientific study and laboratory replication impose on our understanding of its mercurial ways, the author extrapolates from the history of science to suggest how we may someday learn to warn and protect the vulnerable populations on our small, tempestuous planet. Compelling and informative, this book will find readers both in and outside of the scientific community.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521654883
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
324
Sales rank:
539,801
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Life on the Earth's crust; 2. The evolution of science; 3. Hazards of shelter; 4. Death and life; 5. Restless seas; 6. Earth in upheaval; 7. Volcanoes and asteroid impacts; 8. Deadly winds; 9. Science and irreproducible phenomena; Appendices; Index.

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