Crashes, Crises, and Calamities: How We Can Use Science to Read the Early-Warning Signs

Crashes, Crises, and Calamities: How We Can Use Science to Read the Early-Warning Signs

by Len Fisher

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Crashes, Crises, and Calamities: How We Can Use Science to Read the Early-Warning Signs by Len Fisher

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465021024
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 03/29/2011
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Len Fisher, Ph.D., is author of The Perfect Swarm; Rock, Paper, Scissors; Weighing the Soul; and the prize winning How to Dunk a Doughnut. He lives in Wiltshire, England, and Blackheath, Australia.

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