Search Our Online Inventory

Author
Title
Description
Keyword
ISBN
Advanced Search
 
 
Online Gift Cards
Checkout a Gift Card

Would you like an Online Gift Card to Earthlight Books?

 

Familiar Links
 Last Word Books

Walla Walla:
Welcome Table Farm

 
 
 
X-Events: The Collapse of Everything, Casti, John L.

Author Name    Casti, John L.

Title   X-Events: The Collapse of Everything

Binding   Hardcover

Book Condition   Good

Publisher    William Morrow

ISBN Number    0062088289 / 9780062088284

Seller ID   SKU1039841

0062088289 1st/1st, First Edition, First Printing with full number line. Good. Light to moderate shelf wear to covers/corners; satisfaction guaranteed. Hardcover with Dust Jacket. Earthlight Books is a family owned and operated, independent bookstore serving Walla Walla, Washington since 1973.

More Description

An acclaimed theorist offers a provocative and chilling warning: today's advanced societies have grown overcomplex and highly vulnerable to extreme events that could topple civilization

The modern industrialized world is a complex system on a scale never before witnessed in the history of humankind. Technologically dependent, globally interconnected, it offers seemingly limitless conveniences, choices, and opportunities. Yet this same modern civilization may be as unstable as a house of cards, fear complexity scientists like John Casti. All it would take to "downsize" our way of life--to send us crashing back to the nineteenth century--is a nudge from what Casti calls an "X-event," an unpredictable occurrence with extreme, even dire, consequences. When an X-event strikes--and scientists believe it will--finance, communication, defense, and travel will stop dead in their tracks. The flow of food, electricity, medicine, and clean water will be disrupted for months, if not years. What will you do?

A renowned systems theorist, Casti shows how our world has become impossibly complicated, relying on ever more advanced technology that is developing at an exponential rate. Yet it is a fact of mathematical life that higher and higher levels of complexity lead to systems that are increasingly fragile and susceptible to sudden, spectacular collapse. Fascinating and chilling, X-Events provides a provocative tour of the catastrophic outlier scenarios that could quickly send us crashing back to the preindustrial age: global financial "black swans"; a worldwide crash of the Internet that would halt all communication; the end of oil; nuclear winter; "nanoplagues"; robot uprisings; electromagnetic pulses; pandemic viruses; and more. You won't ever look at the world the same way again.

Price = 6.50 USD


Browse some related titles while you're here:
Wrong Information Is Being Given Out at Princeton: The Chronicle of One of the Strangest Stories Ever to Be Rumoured About Around New York, Donleavy, J. P.
Wrong Information Is Being Given Out at Princeton: The Chronicle of One of the Strangest Stories Ever to Be Rumoured About Around New York
Donleavy, J. P.
10.00 USD
Add to Book Bag!

Beijing Jeep: The Short, Unhappy Romance of American Business in China
Mann, Jim
6.00 USD
Add to Book Bag!

Brisingr (Inheritance, Book 3) (The Inheritance Cycle), Paolini, Christopher
Brisingr (Inheritance, Book 3) (The Inheritance Cycle)
Paolini, Christopher
7.50 USD
Add to Book Bag!

Orphans of the Sky by Heinlein, Robert A., Heinlein, Robert A.
Orphans of the Sky by Heinlein, Robert A.
Heinlein, Robert A.
14.00 USD
Add to Book Bag!

The Last Magazine: A Novel, Hastings, Michael
The Last Magazine: A Novel
Hastings, Michael
9.50 USD
Add to Book Bag!

SUMMERS WITH JULIET CL, Roorbach, William
SUMMERS WITH JULIET CL
Roorbach, William
12.50 USD
Add to Book Bag!

The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story, Ackerman, Diane
The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story
Ackerman, Diane
6.50 USD
Add to Book Bag!

Nice Work (King Penguin), Lodge, David
Nice Work (King Penguin)
Lodge, David
5.00 USD
Add to Book Bag!

Chasing Dirt: The American Pursuit of Cleanliness, Hoy, Suellen
Chasing Dirt: The American Pursuit of Cleanliness
Hoy, Suellen
9.00 USD
Add to Book Bag!

William Vans Murray, Federalist Diplomat; The Shaping of Peace with France, 1797-1801
HILL, Peter P.
7.50 USD
Add to Book Bag!

Pronto, Elmore Leonard
Pronto
Elmore Leonard
13.00 USD
Add to Book Bag!

The Casual Vacancy, Rowling, J.K.
The Casual Vacancy
Rowling, J.K.
12.50 USD
Add to Book Bag!

 


Questions, comments, or suggestions
Please write to earthlightbooks@gmail.com
Copyright©2018. All Rights Reserved.
Powered by ChrisLands.com

 

 

cookie