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Extreme Events in Nature and Society

Edited By: S Albeverio, V Jentsch and H Kantz

352 pages, 122 illus., 7 in colour


Hardback | Dec 2006 | #159872 | ISBN: 3540286101
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Significant, and usually unwelcome, surprises, such as floods, financial crisis, epileptic seizures, or material rupture, are the topics of Extreme Events in Nature and Society. The book, authored by foremost experts in these fields, reveals unifying and distinguishing features of extreme events, including problems of understanding and modelling their origin, spatial and temporal extension, and potential impact. The chapters converge towards the difficult problem of anticipation: forecasting the event and proposing measures to moderate or prevent it. Extreme Events in Nature and Society will interest not only specialists, but also the general reader eager to learn how the multifaceted field of extreme events can be viewed as a coherent whole.

Aus den Rezensionen: "! eine Buchreihe ... Begrundet und redaktionell betreut von Physikerin Angela Lahee, hat sie das Ziel, den Lesern eine Erweiterung und Reflexion der eigenen Wissensgrenzen zu ermoglichen. ! Ziel ist ein einheitliches Verstandnis katastrophaler Umbruche, wobei die Modelle von ihren Ursprungen, ihrer raumlichen und zeitlichen Charakteristika und ihren Folgen kunftig ! zu ihrer Vorhersage und Verhinderung beitragen sollten. ! ausserordentlich lesenwert. 'was wir brauchen, ist nicht der Wille zu glauben, sondern der Wille herauszufinden' ! Die interdisziplinare, unkonventionelle Frontiers Collection ! hat ihn sogar zu ihrem Leitspruch erhoben." (Rudiger Vaas, in: Naturwissenschaftliche Rundschau, 2007, Vol. 60, Issue 4, S. 212 ff.)


1. Extreme Events: Magic, Mysteries, and Challenges.- 2. Anticipating Extreme Events.- 3. Mathematical Methods and Concepts for the Analysis of Extreme Events.- 4. Dynamical Interpretation of Extreme Events: Predictability and Predictions.- 5. Endogenous versus Exogenous Origins of Crises.- 6. Epilepsy: Extreme Events in the Human Brain.- 7. Extreme Events in the Geological Past.- 8. Wind and Precipitation Extremes in the Earth's Atmosphere.- 9. Freak Ocean Waves and Refraction of Gaussian Seas.- 10. Lifetime Prediction of Steels.- 11. Computer Simulations of Opinions and their Reactions to Extreme Events.- 12. Networks of the Extreme: A Search for Things Exceptional.- 13. Risk Management and Physical Modelling for Mountainous Natural Hazards.- 14. Prevention of Surprise.- 15. Disasters and Extreme Events and the Importance of Network Interactions for Disaster Response Management.

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Sergio Albeverio: Studied mathematics and physics; professorships and research positions at several universities (in Europe, USA, Russia, Japan, China); now professor at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Director of Interdisciplinary Center for Complex Systems at the University of Bonn. Volker Jentsch: Studied physics and geophysics; worked in Max Planck Institutes, universities and scientific administration; now co-director at the Interdisciplinary Center for Complex Systems at the University of Bonn.

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