Series: Applied Mathematics
Hardcover: 292 pages
Publisher: Imperial College Press; 1st edition (December 15, 1999)
Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
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Gordon Woo has written an elegant account of the impact of natural disasters in today's world, and the mathematical tools we have available for their prediction, mitigation and avoidance. He has drawn upon his theoretical physics background to discuss all major factors that have to be considered when quantitatively evaluating the likelihood and consequences of natural disasters. It is obvious he has read extensively not only the various methods available to engineers, scientists and financiers to avoid natural risks, but also the plethora of philosophical literature contributing to this field of study. It is an excellent account and can be enjoyed by those without an implicit understanding of mathematics, although some understanding adds to the experience. I look forward to his next book.
For people who have some mathematical background and are interested in models of catastrophic events. I was a bit disappointed because the applications and examples of models are rather limited. But it's a good start.
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