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By Ted G. Lewis

Did the terrorist assaults at the usa in 2001, the big strength blackout of 2003, typhoon Katrina in 2005, and the Gulf oil spill of 2010 'just happen'-or have been those shattering occasions foreseeable? Do such calamities in reality stick to a predictable trend? will we plan for the unexpected by means of puzzling over the unthinkable? Ted Lewis explains the trend of catastrophes and their underlying reason. In a provocative travel of a unstable international, he publications the reader via mega-fires, fragile energy grids, mismanaged telecommunication structures, international terrorist pursuits, migrating viruses, risky markets and web storms. smooth societies are looking to evade catastrophes, however the force to make issues quicker, more affordable, and extra effective ends up in self-organized criticality-the of platforms at the verge of catastrophe. this can be a double-edged sword. every thing from organic evolution to political revolution is pushed through a few cave in, calamity or trouble. to prevent annihilation yet enable for growth, we needs to switch the ways that we comprehend the styles and deal with platforms. Bak's Sand Pile explains how.

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