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Perils of a Restless Planet

Perils of a Restless Planet
Scientific Perspectives on Natural Disasters

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  • Date Published: May 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521654883

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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.

    • Hardback recieved excellent reviews
    • Case studies of death and destruction are linked to the underlying scientific questions
    • ' … a fascinating trawl through history's natural mishaps … both entertaining and informative, full of little-known and very amusing facts.' The Guardian
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...can be recommended without reservation not just to earth scientists and engineers, but to all who might appreciate an imaginative, disaster-rooted focus on the development on human culture and the scientific perspective." James R. Rice, Pure Applied Geophysics

    "Zebrowski revisits some of the greatest horrors engendered by Mother Nature over the last thousand years and explains how they can be predicted and how they work." Science News

    "...makes for not only the gripping reading experience of a first-class mystery novel, but also provides a compelling account of the status of the species Homo Sapiens on the threshold of a new and very uncertain millennium." J.D. Ives, Choice

    "It is an unexpected pleasure to get more than you pay for. Ernest Zebrowski, Jr.'s splendid book Perils of a Restless Planet provides just such a rare delight. The volume includes volcanoes, plagues, earthquakes, asteroids, tsunamis, tornadoes, and more...He seems to be that rarity, a careful and precise scientist who can tell a good story." Robert N. Leamnson, Science Books and Films

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521654883
    • length: 324 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • contains: 67 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • 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.

  • Author

    Ernest Zebrowski, Jr, Pennsylvania College of Technology

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