X-Events: Complexity Overload and the Collapse of Everything (Paperback)

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With so many shows on tv about survival, invasions and wide spread devastation, one has to wonder… are these events really possible? Casti takes an educated and well researched look at what could bring about our demise as a society and a species.

— Northshire Staff


“I am an assiduous reader of John Casti’s books. He is a real scientific intellectual.”
 —Nassim Nicholas Taleb, New York Times bestselling author of Fooled by Randomness

“Casti is at his best in presenting difficult philosophical ideas enthusiastically and lucidly, and in presenting everyday examples to illustrate them.”
New York Times Book Review

In his highly provocative and grippingly readable book, X-Events, author John Casti brilliantly argues that today’s advanced, overly complex societies have grown highly vulnerable to extreme events that will ultimately topple civilization like a house of cards. Like Nassim Taleb’s The Black Swan meets Jared Diamond’s Collapse, Casti’s book provides a much-needed wake-up call—sounding a fascinating and frightening warning about civilized society’s inability to recover from a global catastrophe— demonstrating how humankind could be blasted back into the Stone Age by a meteor strike, nuclear apocalypse, worldwide contagion, or any number of unforeseeable X-Events.

About the Author

American complexity scientist and systems theoristJohn Casti, is cofounder of The X-Center, a Viennabasedresearch institute focusing on human-causedextreme events and how to anticipate them. Casti haspublished nearly twenty volumes of academic and popularscience and received his Ph.D. in mathematics from theUniversity of Southern California. He lives in Vienna,Austria.

Praise For…

“I am assiduous reader of John Casti’s books. He is a real scientific intellectual.”
— NASSIM NICHOLAS TALEB, author of The Black Swan

“One of America’s greatest pioneers of simulation.”
— London Times

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062088291
ISBN-10: 0062088297
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: March 12th, 2013
Pages: 336
Language: English
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