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Recent events from the economic downturn to climate change mean that there has never been a better time to be thinking about and trying to better understand the concept of risk. In this book, prominent and eminent speakers from fields as diverse as statistics to classics, neuroscience to criminology, politics to astronomy, as well as speakers embedded in the media and in government, have put their ideas down on paper in a series of essays that broaden our understanding of the meaning of risk. The essays come from the prestigious Darwin College Lecture Series which, after twenty-five years, is one of the most popular public lecture series at the University of Cambridge. The risk lectures in 2010 were amongst the most popular yet and, in essay form, they make for a lively and engaging read for specialists and non-specialists alike.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 38 b/w illus. 1 map
  • 1139126067
  • 9781139126069

Table of contents

1. Introduction Layla Skinns, Michael Scott and Tony Cox; 2. Quantifying uncertainty David Spiegelhalter; 3. Decisions, risk and the brain John P. O'Doherty; 4. Risk and government: the architectonics of blame avoidance Christopher Hood; 5. Risk and the humanities: alea iacta est Mary Beard; 6. Terrorism and counterterrorism: what is at risk? Lucia Zedner; 7. Risk and natural catastrophes: the long view Mark Bailey; 8. Risk in the context of (human-induced) climate change Robert Watson.show more