"Risks in Technological Systems" is an interdisciplinary university textbook and a book for the educated reader on the risks of today's society. In order to understand and analyze risks associated with the engineering systems on which modern society relies, other concerns have to be addressed, besides technical aspects. In contrast to many academic textbooks dealing with technological risks, this book has a unique interdisciplinary character that presents technological risks in their own context.
Twenty-four scientists have come together to present their views on risks in technological systems. Their scientific disciplines cover not only engineering, economics and medicine, but also history, psychology, literature and philosophy. Taken together these contributions provide a broad, but accurate, interdisciplinary introduction to a field of increasing global interest, as well as rich opportunities to achieve in-depth knowledge of the subject.
Publisher: Springer London Ltd
Number of pages: 341
Weight: 551 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 18 mm
Edition: 2009 ed.
From the reviews:
"It provides a balanced descriptive analysis, with chapters covering, among other topics, a history of technological risks; infrastructure systems, e.g., buildings and bridges; and risks associated with transportation systems, energy, chemicals, radiation, and information technology. ... it is a thoughtful, insightful reflection on risks, risk analysis, and management. Its breadth ensures that both beginners and specialists will be interested ... . Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals; general audiences." (S. A. Batterman, Choice, Vol. 47 (11), August, 2010)
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