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The Resource Megadisasters : the science of predicting the next catastrophe, Florin Diacu

Megadisasters : the science of predicting the next catastrophe, Florin Diacu

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Megadisasters : the science of predicting the next catastrophe
Title
Megadisasters
Title remainder
the science of predicting the next catastrophe
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Florin Diacu
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Language
eng
Summary
Can we predict cataclysmic disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, or stock market crashes? The Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 claimed more than 200,000 lives. Hurricane Katrina killed over 1,800 people and devastated the city of New Orleans. The recent global financial crisis has cost corporations and ordinary people around the world billions of dollars. This is a book that asks why catastrophes such as these catch us by surprise, and reveals the history and groundbreaking science behind efforts to forecast major disasters and minimize their destruction. Each chapter of this book explores a particular type of cataclysmic event and the research surrounding it, including earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, rapid climate change, collisions with asteroids or comets, pandemics, and financial crashes. The author tells the harrowing true stories of people impacted by these terrible events, and of the scientists racing against time to predict when the next big disaster will strike. He describes the mathematical models that are so critical to understanding the laws of nature and foretelling potentially lethal phenomena, the history of modeling and its prospects for success in the future, and the enormous challenges to scientific prediction posed by the chaos phenomenon, which is the high instability that underlies many processes around us. Yielding new insights into the perils that can touch every one of us, this book shows how the science of predicting disasters holds the promise of a safer and brighter tomorrow
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index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • bibliography
Megadisasters : the science of predicting the next catastrophe, Florin Diacu
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Megadisasters : the science of predicting the next catastrophe, Florin Diacu
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http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2307/j.ctt3fgxgj
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-192) and index
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online resource
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cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
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multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
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Contents
Glimpsing the future -- Walls of water: tsunamis -- Land in upheaval: earthquakes -- Chimneys of hell: volcanic eruptions -- Giant whirlwinds: hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons -- Mutant seasons: rapid climate change -- Earth in collision: cosmic impacts -- Economic breakdown: financial crashes -- Tiny killers: pandemics -- Models and prediction: how far can we go?
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1 online resource (xiv, 195 pages)
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Isbn
9781400833443
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illustrations, maps
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