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Understanding Catastrophe

Popular Science

Series: Darwin College Lectures Volume: 4

Edited By: J Bourriau

213 pages, 50 b/w photos, figs

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Nov 2006 | #172433 | ISBN: 0521032199
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Hardback | Mar 1992 | #14381 | ISBN: 0521413249
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About this book

Broad-ranging study of the impact of catastrophic change on the development of life on earth - from supernovae to earthquakes, cyclones and epidemics.

'... beautifully clear and arresting trains of thought ... decisive, often novel and aware of their own ironies.' Daily Telegraph


Contents

Introduction: understanding catastrophe Geoffrey Lloyd; 1. Supernovae and stellar catastrophe Robert P. Kirshner; 2. The extinction of the dinosaurs Walter Alvarez and Frank Asaro; 3. Darwin and catastrophism Martin Rudwick; 4. Evolution and catastrophe theory Christopher Zeeman; 5. Earthquakes Claudio Vita-Finzi; 6. Storms and cyclones Nicholas Cook; 7. Famine in history Peter Garnsey; 8. The case of consumption Roy Porter; Notes on contributors; Acknowledgements; Index.

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